VALENCIA PART 1: SPANISH HOT CHOCOLATE (CHOCOLATE A LA ESPAÑOLA)
Quick, Easy, Authentic Spanish Hot Chocolate
My Spanish Hot Chocolate recipe is perfect on it’s own, even better served with churros, ensaïmada, croissants or your favourite biscuits. Dip and enjoy! My recipe video also shows Part 1 of our Travel Vlog August trip to Valencia. In it we visit Horchateria De Santa Catalina, Valencia’s finest hot chocolate and pastry cafe, Plaça de la Verge and Valencia Cathedral. Keep your eye on the blog for Part 2 of our travel vlog: Central Market, A food lovers paradise!
Spanish Hot Chocolate (Chocolate Caliente/Chocolate a la Española) is Spain’s best kept secret. For whatever reason it has never really traveled beyond its borders. And it’s such a shame. It is far better than any hot chocolate you can buy in your local coffee shop and definitely worth the three minutes it takes to make. That’s right. Three minutes to chocolatey loveliness. Nice.
Watch My Easy Spanish Hot Chocolate Recipe Video and Valencia Part 1 Vlog (5m 04S)
If you’ve never had it, you really, really, really need to try it! I can’t forget the first time I tried Spanish hot chocolate. It is thick, rich and gorgeous. Let’s be honest, it will do your diet no favours, but your diet will be right at the back of your mind once you’ve dipped your churros in and taken a bite. And if churros aren’t your thing, you can dip ensaïmada (a Spanish spiral pastry dusted with icing sugar), croissants, biscuits or just on it’s own.
Nearly ten years ago my Spanish brother-in-law invited us to his hometown, Valencia. He took us to the most famous hot chocolate shop in Valencia, Horchateria De Santa Catalina. It is a beautiful shop right in the old part of the city centre. It has been there for centuries and is still popular with the locals. The inside is decorated with murals of cafe life from years ago. They serve Horchata (a Valencian tiger nut drink), coffee, hot chocolate, ice cream, churros (which are fantastic) and pastries. Churros go exceptionally well with Spanish hot chocolate. As it has a consistency very similar to Creme Patissiere, Spaniards always dip something in it. Churros are the perfect shape for dunking and their sweetness adds to the deliciousness of the bittersweet brew. W-O-N-D-E-R-F-U-L.
In August, I went to Valencia for two weeks with my family. Of course, we had to go to Santa Catalina. It was still packed even though the was a scorching 33 celsius in the shade! Everything was still the same as 10 years ago. Fantastic! Although we should have had an ice cold drink, my husband and I couldn’t resist a mug of Chocolate Caliente with Churros on the side. Our kids were more sensible and ordered ice cream. 🙂
I love Spain! The weather, the people, siestas and more importantly, the FOOD! Spanish seafood is world class, I recommend the sepia (cuttlefish) and gambas (king prawns). Paella is another wonder and comes in a lot of varieties. My husband likes the chicken and rabbit version while I prefer the seafood one.
Spanish people are so friendly and wouldl stop for a chat even though I can’t speak Spanish (except a few words…), so, I have to say “No espanol.”. I felt bad.. I wanted to understand what they were saying. My brother-in-law and his family were sooo warm and nice. They welcomed us like their immediate family. Gracias to them!
Anyway, let me introduce you to the best hot chocolate on the planet! It is easier than I thought! Enjoy!
- 550ml Whole Milk
- 4 tsp Corn Flour
- 6 tbsp Sugar
- 200g Baking Dark Chocolate (at least 54% Cacao), chopped
- Pour the milk into a pan and add the cornflour. Whisk thoroughly until there are no lumps.
- Turn on the stove to a medium heat and add the sugar. Stir until dissolved.
- Bring to the boil, turn the heat down to very low and add the chocolate. Stir until completely melted. It will thicken as you stir.
- Turn the heat off, pour the hot chocolate into your favourite mug and enjoy with churros, pastries, biscuits or on its own!