If you go visit Spain you HAVE to try the Hot Chocolate or Chocolate a la taza. I mean, you really have to! There is no restaurant or bar that would not have it and it is one of the most delicious things I tried while on vacation in Spain this year for holidays. You can order it any time of the day and it is the perfect treat on a cold day.
As I live in Minnesota, you can imagine that there is really a need for hot chocolate around here. Boy, it’s cold! Very cold! Like -17F/-27C this week with wind chill of -25F/-30C that makes that silly temperature feel worse that it actually is. Lucky me, I got some chocolate from Spain, so I can declare myself happy for a while, because I can whip a mug right now and share it with you. I know you want it, especially the ones who live like me, in the frozen tundra.
The texture of the Hot Chocolate in Spain is thicker compared with other hot chocolates out there, as they dip fresh churro pastries in it. However, if you don’t have churros, doughnuts or any other favorite pastry would work great with it.To make it thicker, they add a pinch of corn starch in it. It is served super hot and it is DELICIOUS!
HOW TO MAKE IT:
I started by putting together my ingredients.
You will need whole milk, dark or semi-sweet chocolate, a little bit of corn starch(I used tapioca starch as I found organic one). You might need a little bit of sugar according to your own taste and that’s about it.
I started by adding the milk to a measuring cup and dissolved the tapioca starch in it.
I wanted my chocolate a little bit sweeter so I added some sugar, but this is really optional.
I measured my chocolate (this is the quantity for only one mug).
And transfered the milk in a medium pot and placed it on the stove on medium heat.
As it has starch in it, you will have to mix constantly.
I added the pieces of chocolate
and melt them while I was mixing in the pot.
As it was closer to the boiling point, I removed it from the heat.
It will combine beautifully and also become thick, like a thin pudding.
I poured the chocolate in a mug and cuddle on the couch,
underneath a blanket.
Winter, as long as I am warm and have my chocolate, you can be as mean as you want! Bring it!
- For 2 cups of Hot Chocolate:
- 2 cups/500 ml whole milk
- 6 oz/175g dark or semi-sweet chocolate
- 1 tsp corn starch or tapioca
- sugar to your taste
- a pinch of cinnamon
- a pinch of black pepper
- Dissolve the corn starch in the milk.
- Add sugar to your taste.
- Chop chocolate.
- Transfer the milk to a pot and warm it up on medium heat, mixing continuously.
- Add the chocolate and let it melt.
- Optional: Add the cinnamon and the black pepper.
- Keep mixing. You should obtain a smooth thick mixture.
- Pour it in cups and serve hot.