Luxurious Cardamom Hot Chocolate.

I was having a really effing awful day when I sat down to write this introduction. The night before I had suffered a tiring 7 hour journey home from London via delayed trains and bus replacement services  and made it home five minutes late for Downton Abbey only by the grace of a rapid taxi driver (which only cost me £4 – gotta love Scotland). Then, on the day that I write this, I had another gruelling battle with my bank, via automated telephone calls and a time-consuming trip into town, but resulting, happily, in me receiving enough money to be able to eat. I shan’t name the bank I was with, nor the one I have now changed to, but I am ever so glad to be rid of the former. 
I then had to get to university for a meeting with my personal project tutor, and some much needed studying. Delays, delays, delays. I abhor them. I got myself a hearty lunch of no less than two baked potatoes suffocating under a lava stream of baked beans, followed by a much-deserved mocha before heading to the library. The barista made it extra chocolatey. I could have wept with gratitude. 
Some days you feel that no amount of chocolate will alleviate your sorrows. You’re wrong. Chocolate is always the answer, and if it isn’t, then it’s soup. Whatever the trouble, I always know that I can find the perfect meal to combat it; though the meal itself may not erase your problem instantly, it can at least pep you up a bit. And sometimes that’s just the best you can do.
The Cookie Monster described this hot chocolate as ‘tar’. The Cookie Monster is Irish and therefore does not know real chocolate when he tastes it. He thought it was more appropriate as a sauce for ice cream; and though it would serve that purpose nicely – especially in times of bottomless heartache – it is. not. tar. It is hot chocolate as they would serve it to you in Vienna; it is the stuff of dreams. If you grew up on Cadbury’s powdery, watery “hot cocoa” I don’t blame you for your ignorance, but I will tut if you don’t educate yourself. So drink up your tar and be quiet. 

Serves two

500ml (2 cups) almond milk, unsweetened

40-50g (1.75 oz) dark, sultry chocolate

6 cardamom pods, 8 if you like it quite spicy
a wee drop of coconut oil, for extra smoothness
a drizzle of maple syrup, if you must
Break open the pods and grind them to a fine powder with a mortar and pestle.
In a saucepan, scald the milk and ground cardamom. Take off the heat, drop in the chocolate, and let it sit for a minute. Lovingly swirl the milk round in the pan until the chocolate blends in. If you wish to add any coconut oil, now’s the time.
Sweeten if you are not used to the darkness of the chocolate. Omit if you feel brave.
Serve immediately in pretty china cups. Enjoy on its own for the full experience of the sultry, slightly spicy chocolate. 

Let the hot chocolate debate begin – where do you stand: powder or melted chocolate?

5 thoughts on “Luxurious Cardamom Hot Chocolate.

  1. Loved this post! You write so well 🙂
    I'm definitely with you on thick hot chocolate- More chocolate is always better.
    As I mentioned on fbook, if you haven't tried Rococo's cardamom dark chocolate you simply must!


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