White Hot Chocolate
- 200g white chocolate (grated)
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 vanilla pod (split lengthways and seeds scraped out. Keep the seeds.)
- 200g sugar (for the caramel)
- 1ltr double cream
- 1ltr milk
- 100ml toffee vodka (For adults only of course)
Let’s start with the caramel shards:
1 First cut and place a 30cm piece of baking parchment onto a heatproof surface. Now place all of the sugar with a little water into a small saucepan and boil over a high heat until the syrup turns a light auburn colour. If you have a thermometer this is approximately 170°C. Keep an eye on it as it can be quick to burn.
2 Immediately pour the caramel onto the sheet of baking parchment and leave until completely cooled. Now break it into small shards.
For the creamy hot chocolate:
3 In a large mixing bowl, whisk 750ml of the double cream until it forms soft peaks.
4 Next pop all of the milk, 250ml of the remaining cream, the cinnamon stick, vanilla pod and seeds into a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 5 minutes.
5 Remove from the heat and whisk in the grated white chocolate and the toffee vodka (in the adults only version of course).
6 Ladle into 4 mug, spoon on the whipped cream and garnish with the shards of caramel.
CHEF’S TIP You can have a bit of fun with your toppings and stir through a salted caramel or chocolate sauce, or top with diced pieces of gingerbread, parkin, cinder toffee or crushed amaretti biscuits. Yum!