You may recall in S6E03, the Dowager sends her maid Denker to make some hot chocolate. Packaged mixes are convenient but are filled with empty calories and preservatives that are not the best for us. This recipe is simple and historic. It is like you are there sipping chocolate with the Dowager in her private parlor.
Mrs. Beeton, the original domestic goddess used half water and half milk for her hot chocolate, but this recipe uses all milk for a richer result and gives the option of adding honey for an even more indulgent drink. Freshly grated chocolate (from a premium dark chocolate bar) gives a luxurious silky texture, but you can use the cocoa powder for a lighter result if you prefer.
Mrs. Beeton's Drinking Chocolate
- 1 cup milk
- 1 tsp. honey or caster sugar
- 1 oz. dark chocolate or cocoa powder
- Place the milk in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the honey or sugar and bring to a simmer.
- Whisk the grated chocolate or the cocoa powder into the hot milk until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth. Simmer for one minute, add more honey or sugar to taste and serve.