Though the monsoon is delayed, it is very windy here. Wind makes such sounds and is so forceful, we can see items flown away lying around in the lawns and gardens. Its very chilly and cold and such evenings and nights definitely call for comforting hot chocolate. Though hot chocolate or even hot cocoa are regulars here, I have never experimented with white chocolate. I am not a great fan of white chocolate and have recently started using it in baking but a hot chocolate drink is always welcome.And as with any chocolate dish, the white hot chocolate turned out awesome. There is not such standard recipe for this and on googling you can find several. Let me just add mine also to that evergrowing list.
White Chocolate : 2 tbsp atleast ,grated/chopped
Milk: 1 cup
Vanilla: 1/4 tsp or few drops
Garnish: grate dark chocolate/chocolate shavings
Sugar: as per taste
Spices: fresh grated nutmeg, Powdered cinnamon
Flavourings: Peppermint instead of vanilla, Coffee
In a deep sauce pan, bring milk to boil. If you like, you can add in fine powdered spices like cinnamon, nutmeg etc to it. Take it off from heat and mix in vanilla.
Meanwhile, add grated white chocolate to the serving mug. Pour hot flavoured milk to this mug/cup and stir well so that the chocolate dissolves and a froth is formed on the cup surface.
Serve warm garnished.
You can actually add spices or even pinch of coffee powder to the cup before adding hot milk. You can add several spice combinations and even choice of extracts like peppermint to this drink. You can even make it vegan by using nut milk or choice of vegan diary alternative.You can even go for light or heavy cream along with milk or plainly replace milk with cream.
Optionally add the sweetener. The white chocolate has sugar in it. If you feel the drink is not sweet add in more grated white chocolate or even sugar or any sweetener that you prefer.
The pics were taken in a hurry and might not interest you, but trust me the drink is perfect for cold nights. Chocolate does make it heaven.