Recipe of the Month

Chilli Hot Chocolate

When it’s chilly outside, get some chilli inside. This is a fantastic warming drink to have on a winter’s day; we’ve been known to put it in a flask to bring on an outing!

For added spice you can add a couple of cloves, a piece of cinnamon star or a star anise to the milk at the infusing stage.

Ingredients: 1 litre milk, 2 red chillies halved lengthways and deseeded, 200g dark chocolate (at least 60% cocoa solids), broken into small pieces, 200ml single cream.

Pour the milk into a saucepan. Pop in the chillies and bring to a slow simmer, taking care not to let the milk boil over. Remove from the heat and set aside for 10 minutes to let the chillies infuse.

Add the chocolate and cream, and reheat over a low heat. Stir constantly until the chocolate has melted, then remove the chillies. Serve immediately, or pour into a thermos flask for your winter picnic!

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