Hygge with Hot Chocolate
Last week I talked about Hygge -the Danish word for an atmosphere and experience. Some may translate the word HYGGE to cozy or a feeling of well-being. Hot drinks rated number 1 for HYGGE. Yes, it is true that the Danes rated hot drinks as number 1, 89% in fact. After hot drinks, candles rated as number 2. Hygge time can also be about providing a temporary shelter form the outside world – social climbing, networking, competition and materialism. In Denmark, we have Søndagshygge – Sunday Hygge. It is snowing and very cold in Denmark right now. Many Danes will stay indoors with a good book, nice music and treat themselves to hot chocolate. No, not cocoa that you can buy in a carton at the supermarket, but hot chocolate made with real chocolate. Here comes a good recipe for hot chocolate. If you like the pastry, you see on this page, you can find it in February 2015. or just baking. So, if you want to have a HYGGE Sunday make yourself a good cup of hot chocolate and relax with a good book and some nice music.
HOT CHOCOLATE 4 cups
3 oz. dark chocolate, f.eks. Cuanaja 79%
2 cups sweet milk
1 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
½ cup heavy cream
To make the hot chocolate, chop the chocolate and set aside.
Heat the milk, sugar, vanilla extract and heavy cream in a small pot. Remove from the heat and let it sit for a few minutes. Add the chocolate and whip a few minutes. Heat the drink just before drinking.
If you place the chocolate drink in the refrigerator and cover, the lactic acid will have time to develop and improve the taste. A few hours and up to 24 hours is fine.