As consistent cooler weather is, hopefully, right around the corner, it's time to make up my favorite hot chocolate mix to keep on hand in the pantry. After trying several recipes, I've settled on Alton Brown's. I'm sort of obsessed with him. I love science so it's no surprise that he's my man--he encourages you to learn techniques rather than blindly following a recipe. Both of his cookbooks, I'm Just Here for the Food and I'm Just Here for More Food...Baking, get weekly workouts around here.
Alton Brown's Hot Chocolate Mix
**This mix works very well so I usually double the recipe--I think the corn starch is the secret ingredient.
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 1 cup cocoa (Dutch-process preferred--I like Trader Joe's or Ghirardelli)
- 2 1/2 cups powdered milk
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons cornstarch
- 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or more to taste (sometimes I do cinnamon)
Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and incorporate evenly.
To enjoy, add about 4 Tbl of mix per cup of very hot water or milk (I like hot milk to make it richer).
The mix will keep indefinitely in an air-tight container.