Smooth, rich and spicy, this twist on a classic hot chocolate is a beautiful post-dinner treat on a chilly night.
1 tablespoon good-quality cocoa or raw cacao
1 cinnamon quill
1 teaspoon brown sugar (or to taste)
½ teaspoon chilli powder
1 pinch cracked pepper
1 cup steamed whole milk
whipped cream and chilli powder, to garnish (optional)
Place all ingredients in a medium saucepan and whisk to combine. Heat until hot but not boiling.
Remove from heat and discard cinnamon quill.
Pour into mugs and top with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of chilli powder, if desired.