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  1. How to make hot chocolate with Nutella

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    Hot Chocolate Spoon - Cocoa & Heart

    Hot chocolate is just the perfect warm and satisfying drink to enjoy over those long winter months.

    It can also be enjoyed practically any time – whether for breakfast, as a mid-morning or lunchtime drink – or later in the day, for tea or just before you go to bed.

    And the basic recipe can be spiced up by adding a hint of nutmeg, ground pepper or cinnamon.

    One great way to make Hot Chocolate that little big extra special is by making it with Nutella or any other hazelnut spread.

    Ah Nutella! If you’ve never come across this gift of chocolate goodness, then indulge me (literally) with a few words by way of explanation. For many chocoholics, Nutella is the best thing since sliced bread. Actually, Nutella is great on sliced bread but that’s another recipe!

    Made by the Italian company, Ferrero, and first sold in the mid 1960’s, Nutella’s main ingredients are sugar, palm oil, hazelnuts, cocoa solids and skimmed milk. For many fans, it is chocolate spread heaven and chocolate not so much spread and thickly added to just about anything. You could say that a little chocolate goes a long way, as the actual chocolate content is not that high, but the flavour has been satisfying global taste buds for generations now.

    But back to how to make hot chocolate with Nutella. As it’s simply delicious let’s go with a simple recipe for now.

    Nutella Hot Chocolate Recipe

    A version with cocoa powder

    Ingredients

    4 cups low fat/skim milk (or any plant based milk - almond or coconut milk goes well with chocolate)

    2 tablespoons Nutella

    2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

    2 tablespoons sugar

    Fancy Toppings:

    Marshmallows

    Crushed hazelnuts

    Cinnamon

    Chocolate chips

    Extra Nutella!

     

    Method

    Heat milk in a regular saucepan on medium-high heat until beginning to warm and steam. You can also warm up your milk in a microwave. Add the Nutella spread, cocoa powder and sugar, and whisk until the mix is fully dissolved and all comes together

    Then, just bring to a gentle simmer while stirring, and take off heat.

    Once nice and creamy, pour into a mug, maybe add mini marshmallows and some of your favourite spices and sit back and simply enjoy.

    There. Couldn’t be simpler could it?

    Serves 4 with around 160 calories.

    If you are a complete Nutella fan, and want to dispense with the cocoa powder entirely, and are satisfied by the cocoa solids in the Nutella alone, then try this variation.

    Nutella Hot Chocolate Recipe for One

    A version without cocoa powder

    1 cup of whole milk (or milk of your choice)

    3 tablespoons of Nutella (or to taste)

    Method

    Mix together the milk and Nutella with a whisk in a saucepan over medium heat. The trick is to keep on mixing until the liquid is frothy and the Nutella has melted. If you are careful you can also use a microwave to make this drink. I usually heat up the milk first and then stir the hazelnut spread in until dissolved. If the drink cools down too much, just re-heat it in a microwave again. If you find your hot chocolate little bit too bland and sweet, try adding a tiny pinch of salt in (literary just a few grains). It makes all the difference, as it brings all he flavours together.

    So, what are you waiting for? Why not start right now by making your next hot chocolate a Nutella one!

    I'm off to heat up some milk...so until next time!

    Nicknm author

  2. Vegan Milk Chocolate Recipe

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    Vegan Milk Chocolate Recipe - Gluten & Dairy Free

    Dark chocolate is by far my favourite type of chocolate, but sometimes there is a time and place for a nice milk chocolate. That extra sugar and milk makes the chocolate beautifully sweet and melts in your mouth perfectly. I've kept this recipe suitable for vegans, so it only has plant based ingredients. It'also gluten and dairy free, which is perfect if you can't have gluten or dairy products. I know my vegan friends would be surprised, why me (a perfectly happy meat eater) would create a vegan chocolate recipe. The truth is that I've recently found that I have IBS and I'm better off staying clear of dairy. So this recipe is also low FODMAP as long as you don't eat the whole chocolate bar at once.

  3. Boiled Sweets Recipe

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    Boiled Sweets Recipe

    Author: Magdalena Marsden

    This article was last updated on 20 July 2018

     I've always been interested in traditional confectionery - pretty much all of my life I was on a quest for the perfect sweets, chocolates or bonbons. And I was always fascinated about the process of sweet's making and it was partly the reason why I founded Cocoa & Heart few years back. All those demonstrations at seaside sweet's shops of how to make a stick of rock got me thinking, that perhaps I could have a go myself. And I did - successfully - made several batches of boiled sweets and now you can have a go too, following my step by step boiled sweets recipe tutorial.

  4. Chocolate Roulade Recipe

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    Chocolate Roulade Recipe

    This recipe for chocolate roulade looks fairly complex, but I promise you it's not as difficult as you think. Just take your time and don't rush the process and you'll end up with a delicious dessert that taste as good as it looks!

    Chocolate Roulade Recipe

    Ingredients

    200g plain dark chocolate

    200g caster sugar

    7 medium eggs, separated

    300g double cream

    3 tablespoons Cointreau or Grand Marnier

    4 tablespoons of icing sugar for dusting

    Fresh raspberries for decorating (or adding into the roulade)

    spring of fresh mint

     

  5. How to make vegan chocolate

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    how to make vegan chocolate

    I've always been fascinated by the process of making chocolate and whilst in my day job, I usually use already prepared chocolate covertiture, for this recipe I've decided to explore the world of actual chocolate making.

    So, here is how to make a simple vegan chocolate bar with only three basic ingredients. This recipe is of course suitable for vegetarian and vegan diets, but it's also gluten and wheat free and doesn't contain any lactose (milk). So, this is as healthy as chocolate can get! 

  6. Chocolate Buttermilk Cake Recipe

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    Buttermilk Chocolate Cake

    The most delicious, moist and easy to bake chocolate cake with buttermilk. This is my favourite recipe I bake often for my family and friends - it's always a big hit!

    Here is what you need:

    For the cake:

    175g unsalted butter

    1 teaspoon of vanilla essence 

    350g caster sugar

    4 medium eggs separated into egg whites (one bowl) and egg yolks (second bowl)

    100g self-raising flour

    40g cocoa powder

    175g buttermilk