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Honeyed Rose Hot Chocolate – Flavours of the Middle East

Rose Hot Chocolate

I have a bit of a thing for hot chocolate. So what better way to mark such a momentous and romantic day as this Honeyed Rose Hot Chocolate. Today is not only St Valentine’s Day, but also my blog anniversary. Yes, my blog, in its first iteration as Chocolate Log Blog and now latterly Tin and Thyme, is seven today.

As this blog started off life as a chocolate blog, it seemed only fitting to create a chocolate recipe to celebrate its anniversary. This last year has felt rather odd; after six years of blogging about chocolate, it now tends to feature only once or twice a month. But I have no regrets and Tin and Thyme is going from strength to strength, in large part due to you, my readers. This year, I won an award for Best Food Blogger, just in case you missed it! This not only felt like the wonderful achievement it was, but also a big thumbs up for vegetarian food bloggers everywhere. Talking of vegetarian food, I also got my cashew nut butter brownies recipe into the new paperback edition of The Cranks Bible which came out last month. I could go on, but I won’t. Instead I will leave you to savour this wonderful honeyed rose hot chocolate.

If it hadn’t been for Helen over at Family, Friends, Food, I’d never have thought of combining a drink with nuts. Her recipe for sahlab was a revelation. I really must find myself some orchid roots to try out the traditional version. Meanwhile, I reckoned topping a thick hot chocolate with nuts would be well worth trying. And given the Middle Eastern inspiration, I figured I just had to flavour it with rose and honey.

Rose Hot Chocolate

Rose can be overpowering if used with a heavy hand, so care is needed. I find this less of an issue if using my rose syrup. A good aromatic honey is important as you want the flavour, not just the sweetness. Dairy milk can easily be substituted with a milk of your choice if you’re vegan or dairy intolerant – almond would be a good one to go with the Middle Eastern theme. It’s important the drink is thickened slightly, or the nuts will sink. I didn’t want to use cornflour to do this, so I reached for my arrowroot; this has a number of beneficial properties, is easy to digest, gluten free and low in calories.

This rose hot chocolate is fit for this or any other special occasion. It’s rich with honeyed notes and just a hint of rose and it’s not too sweet either. It has a velvety mouthfeel – smooth and unctuous. Topped with crunchy pistachios and almonds, it’s simply fabulous – the best combination ever I reckon.

So raise your hot chocolate glasses and here’s to the next seven years.

Honeyed Rose Hot Chocolate
Serves 2
A smooth velvety hot chocolate, flavoured with honey and just a hint of rose. A topping of crunchy nuts gives an additional flavour and texture contrast.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
5 min
Total Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 300ml whole milk
  2. 2 tsp arrowroot
  3. 25g 85% dark chocolate - broken into bits
  4. 5g 85% dark chocolate - grated
  5. 1 tsp cocoa powder
  6. 1 tsp honey
  7. 1 tsp rose syrup (or rosewater to taste - be careful as it can be overpowering)
  8. 10g almond flakes - toasted
  9. 8 unsalted pistachios - chopped
Instructions
  1. Pour all but 2 tbsp milk into a pan and place on a low heat.
  2. Mix the arrowroot with the remaining milk until dissolved.
  3. Add the chocolate to the milk and stir until melted.
  4. Using a small whisk, stir in the cocoa powder, honey and arrowroot.
  5. Continue to heat the milk slowly, whisking occasionally until the mixture is smooth and has thickened slightly. The arrowroot needs to cook for a couple of minutes or so at just under a simmer.
  6. Remove from the heat and stir in the rose syrup.
  7. Pour into two small heatproof glasses or cups and top with the toasted almonds, pistachios and grated chocolate.
Notes
  1. If you like your hot chocolate sweet, you may want to add another teaspoon of honey.
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Comments

  1. Leave a Reply

    Lucy @ BakingQueen74
    14th February 2016

    Wow 7 years! Well done on that achievement. Your hot chocolate looks wonderful, I will have to try it one cold day very soon. Loving the flavours in there

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      Choclette
      16th February 2016

      Thanks very much Lucy, it does feel like a bit of an achievement. Do try the hot chocolate, it’s delicious.

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    Dom
    14th February 2016

    wow, congrats on 7 years. That’s an amazing achievement, You were one of my first blogs I read and have loved you ever since… love the rose and honey and chocolate combo. divine!

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    Nayna Kanabar
    14th February 2016

    Amazing combination of flavours I have had rose nad chocolate in cakes but not in hot chocolate .I am definitely going to try next time.

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    Dzoli
    14th February 2016

    Congratulations it is a nice award. Although we are not vegetarians I visit blogs like yours as well as we do have one meatless day a week .Nice chocolate!

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      Choclette
      16th February 2016

      Thank you Dzoli. I think more and more people are trying to eat a bit less meat, so lots are finding vegetarian recipes something they actually want to look at šŸ˜‰

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      Choclette
      16th February 2016

      Thanks Elinor. I only wanted a hint of rose, but you could always make it stronger if you’re a big fan.

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    Jo of Jo's Kitchen
    14th February 2016

    Happy 7th Blog Birthday! Jo’s Kitchen is 7 as well in a couple of weeks. Gorgeous hot chocolate. I love the idea of adding honey to it

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      Choclette
      16th February 2016

      Thanks Jo, I didn’t know we started blogging at a similar time.

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    Kate - gluten free alchemist
    14th February 2016

    Happy Blogiversary Choclette. That’s a fantastic achievement and fantastic that you are doing so well and are still so enthusiastic and producing great and innovative recipes after 7 years.
    I would never have thought of adding nuts to drinks either…… sounds delicious.

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      Choclette
      15th February 2016

      Thanks very much Kate. I’m really quite astonished myself at how long I’ve been blogging. Certainly not something I envisaged when I started.

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      Choclette
      15th February 2016

      Thanks Jemma. This hot chocolate is definitely my current favourite.

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    Sarah
    15th February 2016

    Happy 7 years of blogging! Love the sound of this hot chocolate and the glasses are lovely too! Yummed/stumbled/pinned/rated/flipped!

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      Choclette
      15th February 2016

      Thank you so much Sarah. Pretty sure you’re the only person that’s ever rated any of my recipes. Picked the glasses up in a local charity shop, they are the perfect size for a rich hot chocolate.

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    Isabella
    15th February 2016

    Happy blog birthday!! This recipe looks so delicious, can’t wait to give it a go!

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      Choclette
      15th February 2016

      Thanks Isabella, it’s really rather scary how quickly the years have gone. Luckily hot chocolate helps šŸ˜‰

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    Helen @ family-friends-food.com
    15th February 2016

    This looks and sounds absolutely gorgeous! I’m honoured to have inspired you šŸ™‚
    Congratulations on your anniversary – here’s to the next 7 years (and beyond!)
    H x.

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      Choclette
      15th February 2016

      Thanks very much Helen. It really is gorgeous and is now my go to luxury hot chocolate AND it’s in large part thanks to you šŸ™‚

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      Choclette
      15th February 2016

      Haha yes Cathy, I just read your post saying you have three a day. Now that is true dedication šŸ˜‰

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    Jenn
    15th February 2016

    Congratulations on 7 years! This hot chocolate sounds so decadent! Love the combination of flavors!

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    Glamorous Glutton
    16th February 2016

    Congratulations, 7 years is amazing! This delicious, luxury chocolate drink is very special. Perfect for a winter celebration. GG

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      Choclette
      16th February 2016

      Thanks GG, it’s astonishing how the time goes. The occasion just had to be marked by chocolate.

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    Jacqueline Meldrum
    17th February 2016

    Oh yes please Choclette. You’ve certainly tempted me. Much more exciting than my regular Cadburys Options. Thank you for linking to me šŸ™‚

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      Choclette
      18th February 2016

      Haha, definitely more exciting than that. It does take a bit more effort than your average hot chocolate, but worth it for special occasions.

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    Heidi Roberts
    18th February 2016

    Mmmm hot chocolate is perfect for these cold wintry days!

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      Choclette
      19th February 2016

      It most definitely is Heidi and this is perfect for pretty much any special occasion šŸ˜‰

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      Choclette
      20th February 2016

      It really is Elizabeth and it has a lovely consistency as well as flavour – mmmm!

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    shaheen
    26th February 2016

    Belated, but happy Bloggy Biirthday – I think you found me on blogosphere when I wrote something about nasty nasturtiums – or was it the Navajo stew – anyway I am glad we found each other in blogopshere and met for real. And I’d love to try this Rose Hot Choc.

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      Choclette
      26th February 2016

      Ah, thank you Shaheen. You’ve got a good memory. I know I was following your allotment adventures with great interest, but can’t remember when. Very glad to have met you too.

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