The drink of the gods
But did you know that if not for the resourcefulness of the British, then the whole world would never know what chocolate bars and would have continued to enjoy a drink in its almost original form? In 1846 Joseph fry was cast the world’s first chocolate bar, and that was the beginning of sunset divine drink. And today, few can boast of having had hot chocolate. Drink packets do not count! Talking about this drink of the gods.
He actually was considered so – the Olmecs, Maya and Aztecs cooked with strange notions of modern man is sacred beverage, drink which could only be elected. Cooked it so: cocoa beans were overcooked, was ground and mixed with cold water, adding chili pepper. Was truly atomic blend, this drink is not for everyone! The chocolate in his usual form became popular after the Europeans “slightly” perfected the recipe: hot pepper was replaced by sugar, and the drink began to warm up for better solubility of the ingredients. And until the XIX century hot chocolate was not only a delicacy, but also medicine.
But enough of the history, because we are on a cooking site, and therefore, we are interested in recipes and cooking specificities of this divine drink. Only let me remind You of undoubted benefit of chocolate (in any form). Chocolate contains a variety of biologically active substances: vitamins A, B1, D, C and E, antioxidants, flavonoids, potassium, and calcium salts. Hot chocolate improves mood, increases vitality, improves working efficiency, stimulates mental activity, improves memory, helps to cope with depression and can even be a means of prevention of diseases of the cardiovascular system. Unlike chocolate bar, hot chocolate contains less sugar – good news for traineeship!
And now the subtleties and tricks. The most important product You will be cooking warms the heart and soul of the drink, it’s chocolate. You can go the way of tradition, and to try to make real hot chocolate from ground cocoa beans, like the ancient Maya, but much faster and easier to do it from a regular chocolate bar. Chocolate you need to choose only the best quality, no fillers and various additives like dyes, preservatives, GMO’s and other chemicals. You can use standard tile dark or milk chocolate, special cooking chocolate or cocoa powder. In any case, this ingredient must be of best quality, in fact it adds taste and flavor to Your drink.
Liquid base of hot chocolate can be cream, milk or water. Chocolate on the water easier, but the taste is deflating, so it need a good flavoring. Hot chocolate with milk or cream more pleasant to the taste, but the calories in it much more. The mixture of water and optimal milk: chocolate in the mixture is more soluble and is a more light and delicate.
In hot chocolate you can add almost anything you want. Egg yolk, sour cream or starches that give the beverage the appearance and make it more hearty. Alcohol and spices saturate hot chocolate a unique taste. Chocolate good blend of cognac, rum, liqueur, cinnamon, vanilla, ginger, cardamom, chilli, fruits, dried fruits, ice cream. Each of these products makes Your drink unique.
Method of preparation of hot chocolate can be described in two words: “melt and stir it up”. Melt the chocolate very gently and carefully, not letting it boil. The safest way is considered a water bath. To do this in a saucepan of boiling water put a saucepan or heatproof bowl with the chocolate chips, and the whole structure is hoisted on the stove. Fire – smallest. Chocolate should stir with a wooden or silicone spatula until completely melted. Strictly make sure that the chocolate is not exposed to water – he just rolled. In any case, do not overheat the chocolate! If You decide to make hot chocolate with egg yolk, then make sure that the mixture is not boiled, otherwise all Your efforts turn to ashes. Pour the yolks in a thin stream, stirring constantly, warm the chocolate.
In General, nothing complicated and the supernatural. Choose a recipe to taste and try to prepare the drink of the gods. In winter the rich flavored hot chocolate will warm You and fill your heart with joy.
The easiest hot chocolate
Ingredients for 2 servings:
200 g dark chocolate
50 ml of milk.
Break chocolate bars into pieces. Heat the milk to 50°C. Place the saucepan with the milk in a water bath and slowly pour the chocolate. Constantly stir the chocolate until it melts. Heat up well, but do not boil! Pour into ceramic cups and serve with a glass of cold water, as the taste of this drink is very rich.
Hot chocolate “Aromatic”
Ingredients for 6 servings:
250 g milk chocolate,