Hot chocolate

Preparation time
less than 30 mins

Cooking time
less than 10 mins

Serves 4


  • 1 vanilla pod, split and seeds scraped out
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 litre/1¾ pints milk
  • 150g/5½oz plain chocolate, chopped into small pieces
  • sugar, to taste
  • freshly grated nutmeg, for dusting


  1. Heat the vanilla pod and seeds, cinnamon stick and milk in a saucepan until boiling.

  2. Remove the pan from the heat and add the chocolate pieces, stirring until the chocolate melts.

  3. Whisk the hot chocolate vigorously until frothy on top and add sugar, to taste. Serve with a dusting of nutmeg.

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