Thick Italian Hot Chocolate

I have been searching for a really good hot chocolate recipe for a while… one that is rich in flavour and has that wonderful thick texture that reminds me of a the delicious hot chocolate we had at a restaurant in Paris many years ago! This one checks all the boxes and there is nothing like indulgent chocolatey goodness to warm up with on a wintry day!

Thick Italian Hot Chocolate
Makes 4 servings
Slightly adapted from The Cooking Foodie

1 ½ cups (360mls) milk
1-2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
4 oz (115g) good chocolate (you can use dark or milk chocolate, or a combination, depending on your preference)
1 tablespoon cornstarch
pinch of salt
whipped cream and cocoa powder or chocolate shavings to serve

In a small bowl whisk together half of the milk with the cornstarch. Set aside.

Place the rest of the milk in a small saucepan with the sugar, salt and cocoa powder. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to low.

Add the cornstarch mixture whisking well until combined. Cook for 3-4 minutes.

Add the chocolate (chopped or broken into small pieces), remove pan from heat and whisk for 2-3 minutes until completely dissolved and thick.

Pour into mugs and garnish with whipped cream and chocolate shavings or a dusting of cocoa powder!