Recipe: Winter Warming with Classic Hot Chocolate
When the cold weather sets in, there's nothing quite as comforting as a steaming cup of hot chocolate. From rich and indulgent to cosy and warm, we're sharing our recipe for homemade classic hot chocolate and how it tastes even better when enjoyed from a hand-crafted ceramics pottery mug made in Ireland, of course.
In a world where mass production often takes centre stage, the art of our hand-crafted ceramics pottery stands out as a testament to timeless skill and dedication. Each piece of our hand-crafted Irish pottery carries with it an individuality that can never be replicated by a machine. From the earthy hues to the hand-painted designs, these pieces exude a warmth and authenticity that mass-produced items often lack.
Charlie hand forms each piece from white earthenware clay in his studio in Cork, Ireland. He then hand paints his original designs, applies a high-gloss glaze, and twice fires each piece.
Irish pottery, in particular, has a rich history dating back centuries. The tradition of crafting ceramics pottery in Ireland is deeply intertwined with the country's cultural heritage, creating pieces that not only serve a purpose but also tell a story.
Classic Hot Chocolate:
- 2 cups whole milk
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips (semisweet or dark)
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Whipped cream and chocolate shavings for topping (optional)
1. In a saucepan, whisk together cocoa powder, sugar, and a splash of milk to create a smooth paste.
2. Gradually add the remaining milk while whisking to combine.
3. Heat the mixture over medium heat until it's hot but not boiling, stirring occasionally.
4. Remove from heat and add chocolate chips. Stir until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth.
5. Stir in vanilla extract.
6. Pour into mugs and top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings, if desired.
So, as the winter winds howl outside, take a moment to immerse yourself in the world of hot chocolate and hand-crafted Irish pottery. Let the rich flavours and the tactile pleasure of a hand-made mug transport you to a place of comfort and tranquility, where the artistry of Irish potters meets the timeless joy of a winter indulgence.
This image says it all... spreading the love with our winter warming 'Gra' Red Heart Mug & Small Square Plate. ❤️
This Mug + Small Square Plate set features the 'Grá' Red Heart image on its surface, lending a charming and romantic element to any table setting and adding a heartfelt touch to your morning coffee or afternoon tea routine. This set makes for a thoughtful gift for someone special. Each piece of our Irish pottery is made here in Cork, Ireland and is microwave and dishwasher safe. These sets are available in our online store and from our shop in Cork's English Market.