Old Fashioned Hot Chocolate
Makes 2 servings
3 cups whole milk
1/4 cup cocoa
scant 1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
very scant 1/8 teaspoon salt
In a saucepan over medium heat, scald milk (see note, below). Turn heat to low, and whisk in the cocoa, sugar, and salt. When well combined, stir in vanilla. Adjust to taste. Pour into mugs and top with marshmallows. Some people like to put the marshmallows in first, and then pour the hot chocolate in.
You can add all sorts of things to this recipe. Some people like cinnamon, or peppermint, or even a little brandy stirred in. You could use dark cocoa if you like.
Note: Scalded milk is an important flavor and aroma element in old fashioned hot chocolate. I do it in a pan on the stove. I haven't been able to get the same results in the microwave. Scalding milk is bringing it just to the edge of a boil. The edges will bubble, and the milk will have steam rising off the top of it.
In "How to Scald Milk", Holly Quinn notes: "Occasionally, especially if you like trying out old-fashioned recipes, you may come across "scalded milk" in the list of ingredients. This isn't an item that can be purchased already prepared, like evaporated milk; it's made with a fairly simple process of heating the milk just to the edge of boiling.