Chilli & Spices Hot Chocolate

Well it is darn cold here, it is March for heaven’s sake and the “Beast from the East” has blown in.
So I have snow, gales and no electricity. The power went off around midnight last night, Norweb are “on the job”; a tree has come down in the woods behind the house, so chainsaws are out and I should get power back today.
But I have my camping stoves out and my fire roaring. So why not hot chocolate, with a hot twist to make things a bit better!

400ml Milk
50ml double cream
1 Cinnamon stick
1 vanilla pod
1 chilli 
100g dark chocolate
Amaretto syrup (or the real thing if after 8pm)


Slice the vanilla pod in half lengthways
Slice the chilli in half lengthways and remove the seeds, 
or if using dried but into a hessian bag
Grate the chocolate
Put the milk and cream into a pan, along with the cinnamon, 
chilli and vanilla pod
Bring to a gentle boil
Take off the heat and whisk in the chocolate.
Leave to infuse for 10 or so minutes
Remove the spices

Re-heat as required
Top up with some syrup (as you would for a latte)

Cooking this on a camping stove adds to the fun.


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