I've mentioned before that hot chocolate is one of my favourite things about Winter, and my favourite hot chocolate recipe of them all is this one for hot chilli chocolate that was passed onto me by one of my sisters.
Now I've heard that chilli is very good for whipping up the metaboloism and I like that very much since it means I feel no guilt whatsoever in slugging back vast quanities of this drink, knowing that the chilli counteracts the chocolate and my now super-fast metabolism will just burn it off before I even have time to think about it. So far this Winter that theory's been working out well for me. I'm sure my jeans just shrunk in the wash this week and the extra long time it took me to button them up had nothing to do with my affection for this beverage.
Here is the recipe. It will make you two delicious cups of hot chilli chocolately heaven.
2 cups of milk
2 reeds of chilli, split and seeds removed (just use one chilli if you'd prefer a milder version)
1/2 a vanilla bean. split (or a splosh of vanilla essence if you don't have a bean)
1 cinnamon stick (can use a few shakes of ground cinnamon if you don't have a stick)
Half a block of cooking chocolate, grated
1. Simmer milk in pan with vanilla, cinnamon and chilli
2. Heat through for approximately one minute
3. Whisk in grated chocolate and continue to simmer until melted
4. Remove from heat and leave to infuse for 10 minutes before drinking
5. Get drinking! (and if you have blocked sinuses, get ready to have them blasted back to normal)
Have you ever tried hot chilli chocolate?
Do you know any other fun recipes with chillies?