Saturday, 5 November 2011

Simple breakfast: Des tartines et du chocolat chaud

Last year, when I went to pick grapes in France, this simple breakfast really hit the spot and got us ready for the day out in the fields. With muscles aching, we'd trudge down to the breakfast table in the dark and grab some of this.

So easy, just slice some baguette into strips, and the idea is to dunk them into the hot chocolate. When you run out of bread, you can slurp the hot chocolate from the bowl, what could be better and kind of brings you back to being a kid, when you'd get told off for drinking from the bowl, but here it's mandatory!

To make a really good hot chocolate, you have to start with a really good cocoa. I use Green and Blacks organic cocoa powder. Take 1 tbsp of cocoa powder, add it to a heavy bottom pot. Add  1 tbsp milk and stir to get a thick paste. Next add 1 cup of milk and stir over a medium heat. Use a whisk, to get a bubbly froth on top. If you want to be really indulgent, drop in a square or two of chocolate and add sugar to taste. Et voila, start the most important meal of the day with a little treat.
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