Gluten-Free Cooking For One

Celiac And The Single Girl, Or: How To Make Food That Does Not Suck For One Person {Although I Suppose You Could Feed Other People, Too}

Italian-style hot chocolate (the easy, slightly more healthy version)

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I had a friend over for dinner last night, and we had the slow-cooked balsamic beef, a fresh-baked loaf of the gluten-free brioche bread, and for dessert… THIS. It’s OMG yummy and so so easy to make; I had all the ingredients already, mixed the dry ingredients before my friend came over, and when we paused the movie (Bollywood movie “Barfi”, which is so much more charming than the name sounds), all we had to do was mix with the milk and heat. I made a double batch, since we were drinking out of large mugs, not charming wee teacups. So here’s the recipe as I made it:

DRY MIX per each cup of cocoa (single batch; double if drinking out of mugs):

2 tsp cocoa powder (you can use fancy, but I had plain Nestle’s cocoa and it worked fine)
2 tsp sugar (I added a little extra, 1/2 tsp per cup, because I have a sweet tooth)
1 tsp cornstarch
— Stir (I whisked) to remove clumps

TO THIS, add 1/2 c milk (I added 1 c per serving, because I doubled the recipe)
— Mix well (I whisked, because I like whisking)

Put into saucepan and heat on medium heat, stirring constantly — and I do mean constantly. Even with constant stirring, it was trying to stick to the bottom — until mixture begins to thicken. Then you’ll want to take it off the heat, because it will keep thickening after you’ve put it in mugs!! (But even if it gets way too thick, you can just include spoons and serve it as pudding… lol)

Serve, drink, yum!

I got the recipe from here:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Italian-Style-Hot-Chocolate/?ALLSTEPS

As a follow-up to this post, which is slightly more complicated:
http://www.bellalimento.com/2012/01/11/how-to-make-italian-hot-chocolate/

And this one, which is frankly decadent:
http://livelovepasta.com/2011/11/thick-italian-hot-chocolate/

It was so good, I didn’t even care about the potential migraine. SO. WORTH. IT. 😀 Enjoy!!

(I was too busy drinking to take any photos… if you click on the links above, you’ll find some photos. Mwah!!)

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Author: Christine Na'imah

I am a pretty bubbly person. A dancer, a prancer, and sometimes a vixen. Romantic and striving for grace, but unfortunately the emphasis is on "antic"; occasionally lunatic, trying to be demure. Probably failing.

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