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Sometimes I make things that I love so much, I savour them slowly, wondering how I’ll ever bring myself to eat anything else again. This is one of those moments – one of those silent moments of appreciative bliss when I go all When Harry Met Sally about food.
(Although this time, it’s a drink.)
This time, it’s Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate.
Ingredients (makes one mug, easily, dangerously doubled):
50ml water
3 squares of chocolate
1 heaped tablespoon of peanut butter
150ml milk (for vegans, almond milk is amazing in this, for an extra smooth nutty flavour…)
This is really simple. Pop the water and peanut butter and chocolate together in a small saucepan on a medium heat. Stir well until the chocolate and peanut butter have melted and form a glossy, sticky paste. Add a splash of the milk and stir in, repeat with a bigger splash, and then the rest. Don’t just pour it all in at once – it will be hard to get the lumps out!
Pour into your favourite mug, sit, forget about everything else.
Oh my goodness me. I think I need another one.
**TIP** You can use milk powder and 150ml water to make up the milk for this, or if you keep regular milk in the house, use that instead for an even richer taste.
**TIP** You can make this in the microwave too. Just add the peanut butter, chocolate and water to a jug or your mug, and melt for 20 seconds. Remove and stir. Add half the milk, microwave again for 20 seconds, remove and stir. Repeat with the rest of the milk. It won’t be as creamy as the saucepan method, but it’s still a bloomin’ delicious treat.
**TIP** I made mine with crunchy peanut butter, as it was all I had in the kitchen, and just ate the crunchy bits from the bottom of the mug when I’d finished. You can always strain them out if you’re not that keen!
Jack Monroe. Twitter: @MsJackMonroe