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When the weather drops, we immediately turn to hot chocolate. A hand-sized treat, this comfort drink is wrapped up in memories that include crisp fall days and the first snowball battles of the season. Hannah Miles brings her love for the liquid chocolate-in-a-cup with her book, 'Hot Chocolate,' giving the childhood powder-y drink a sophisticated upgrade.
chocolate is inspired by the popular American red velvet cake, which is
traditionally made with cocoa powder and red food colouring. The same
ingredients are used in this hot chocolate and, for extra fun, each serving is
topped with a scoop of ice cream so you can enjoy the hot/cold sensation as you
drink this treat. If you are serving this
with a red velvet cake, sprinle a few crumbs on top to decorate. If you don't
have a red velvet cake to hand, use some
sugar sprinkles instead," writes Miles.
Recipe: Red Velvet Hot Chocolate
Yields: 2 Servings
17 ounces of milk
1/2 cup milk
unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
a few drops of
red food colouring
2 scoops of
vanilla ice cream
red velvet cake
crumbs or sugar sprinkles, to decorate
Place the milk
and chopped chocolate in a saucepan with the cocoa powder and heat over low
heat until the chocolate has melted and the cocoa is incorporated, whisking
Add a few drops
of red food colouring to give the drink a nice reddish brown colour.
Pour the hot
chocolate into two cups, place a scoop of ice cream on top of each and decorate
with cake crumbs or sugar sprinkles. Serve immediately with spoons to eat the ice
Available on Amazon. Excerpted from 'Hot Chocolate' by Hannah Miles. Photography by Steve Painter. Published by Ryland Peters and Small.