Yield: Serves 4
Basic Hot Chocolate:
4 cups of whole milk
8 ounces of chocolate (60% cacao, preferably)
3 teaspoons of powdered sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon of salt
Finely chop the chocolate into small pieces. The pieces have to be able to dissolve easily in the liquid.
Place the milk into a small, thick-bottomed pot on low heat and bring to a low simmer. Whisk once in a while to ensure that the milk doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan.
If you plan to steep herbs or spices, add the herbs or spices to the milk, bring to a simmer then take off heat and allow to steep for 10 minutes. Strain the liquid then place back into the pot and return to a simmer.
Add the vanilla, powdered sugar, salt, and chocolate and whisk vigorously until the chocolate has melted.
If using liquors add them to the chocolate.
Heat for another 4 minutes, constantly stirring.
Serve. Add a dollop of whipped cream if you want.