One of the best parts of winter is the the cold and darkness outside, when you realize how lucky you are getting warm and cozy in your own little place! Maybe my instant happy December feelings are getting a little help from the christmas lights twinkling outside, getting warm by the fireplace and of course the taste of some delicious homemade hot chocolate milk (and a creamy moustache). The previous sentence summarizes a lot of my winter memories, besides a lot of family parties and yummy dinners, presents under the tree, my happy happy birthday, fireworks and celebrating the end of the year (and the beginning of an hopefully even better one). You probably can imagine how happy super enchanted I am December has finally arrived! I think the twelfth month is probably the best one of the year, and I think a lot of people will agree.

Anyway, to make these snugly winter evenings by the fireplace even better I tried to optimize my ‘everyday hot chocolate’ recipe by adding some simple ingredients. I just used some almond flakes and crushed, roasted, and caramelized hazelnuts (bresilienne) to upgrade my favorite hot drink.

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Ingredients for 2 cups

  • 2 cups of milk
  • 4 spoons of pure chocolate
  • 1 spoon of crushed, roasted, and caramelized hazelnuts (bresilienne)
  • 1 spoon op almond flakes
  • 1 spoon of chocolate shavings
  • fresh whipped cream
  • some cacao powder

How to make:
Heat the milk (if you like it a little different, coconut is a recommendation)  in a saucepan over medium heat until it boils. Pour into a mug, add two tablespoons pure chocolate and stir. Stir it just a little bit if you like some melted chocolate on the bottom. For the finishing touch, top with fresh whipped cream, almonds and some chocolate shavings (made by using a peeler on a chocolate bar). Than quickly hide somewhere nobody will make you share this ravishing hot chocolate give it to someone you love, they will obviously love you even more.




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