I'm getting ready for the weekend by playing around with some hot chocolate ideas. In conjuring up a chocolaty treat for my boys, I will be providing them with the energy they need for their weekend sporting activities... And of course, I'll need some energy to be able to cheer them on properly too.
Coconut Hot Chocolate Latte with Whipped Coconut Cream
I x 270ml can coconut milk (Use a can that has been undisturbed for a while: i.e. not turned over or shaken)
40g coconut dark chocolate
2cm piece cinnamon stick
pinch sea salt flakes
1 shot hot espresso coffee (30ml)
Agave nectar to taste
1 tablespoon shredded coconut, toasted
Take an undisturbed can of coconut milk and gently open the lid. There will be a layer of solid coconut cream on top. Scrape off the thick layer of cream and put it in a small bowl (reserve the remaining milk in the can). Whip the cream until thick. Set aside
Put the reserved coconut milk into a small saucepan with the cinnamon stick, chocolate and salt. Heat over medium-low heat until the chocolate has melted. Turn the heat as low as possible and let the cinnamon stick hang out in there for a few minutes to infuse. Remove the cinnamon stick and pour the mixture into a coffee cup. Add the hot coffee and enough milk top up the cup. Add agave nectar to taste.
Top with a dollop of the whipped coconut cream and a sprinkle of toasted coconut.