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Frothy Hot Chocolate

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1 litre/1 pints/4 cups milk
1 vanilla pod (bean)
50-115g/2-4oz dark (bittersweet) chocolate, grated


Serves: 4


1. Pour the milk into a pan. Split the vanilla pod lengthways using a sharp knife to reveal the seeds, and add it to the milk; the vanilla seeds and the pod will flavour the milk.

2. Add the chocolate. The amount to use depends on personal taste - start with a smaller amount if you are unsure of the flavour and taste at the beginning of step 3, adding more if necessary.

3. Heat the chocolate milk gently, stirring until all the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth, then whisk with a wire whisk until the mixture boils. Remove the vanilla pod from the pan and divide the drink among four mugs or heatproof glasses. Serve the hot chocolate immediately.

Energy 179Kcal/755kj; Protein 9.1g; Carbohydrate 19.7g of which sugars 19.6g; Fat 7.8g of which saturates 4.8g; Cholesterol 16mg; Calcium 304mg; Fibre 0.3g; Sodium 108mg

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