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Skip to 0 minutes and 18 seconds Hello. I’m Marc Meltonville, one of the food historians here at the Royal Palaces. And I’m stood in the King’s chocolate kitchen at Hampton Court Palace, the room used to make a pot of hot chocolate for his Majesty’s breakfast every day. And I want to make a pot of hot chocolate for you to try at home. Something rich and tasty. But if you’re here in a Georgian kitchen, you can’t just start with a block of chocolate. You have to actually make it. You have to process the chocolate here in the kitchens. Most Georgian chocolate drinks were made with water, because the chocolate was so rich and expensive. Sometimes they used milk.

Skip to 0 minutes and 52 seconds And sometimes they used alcohol, such as wine, sherry, or port. And I thought a port chocolate drink would be the perfect one to try. We’re going to need a pot to cook it in.

Skip to 1 minute and 9 seconds Something that will take the heat. And I need my liquid. As I said, we’re going to use port. And the recipe talks about a pint of port.

Skip to 1 minute and 26 seconds There we go. To a pint of port, they suggest you put one ounce of pure chocolate. If you’re using modern chocolate, you might want to put a little bit more in. Our cakes are pure chocolate. They come off the waxed paper, and we break up one ounce and pop it into the port. There’s no natural sweetness in the chocolate at all. Our sugar starts off as a loaf– a huge great lump that comes into the palace, and someone has to grind this up for me. I think chocolate port’s going to need two or three tablespoons. When you heat alcohol, it goes bitter. So you always have to put a little bit more in than you think.

Skip to 2 minutes and 7 seconds But do it to taste. One–

Skip to 2 minutes and 16 seconds And the last ingredient seems a little bit odd, but it’s going to add some thickness and hold all the chocolate together. Just the back of a spoon– tiny little bit of plain flour. Now that just needs cooking on the stove until it’s all melted together. Almost boiled, just so the few bubbles start appearing around the edge of the liquid.

Skip to 2 minutes and 43 seconds All right, so everything has cooked together. It’s almost boiling, but not quite.

Skip to 2 minutes and 52 seconds And we have ourselves a pot of hot chocolate that’s fit for a king. But it needs to be served for a king. And for that, we need a nice silver chocolate pot. You can always tell a chocolate pot because not only does it have a lid, it has a mini lid on the top, which allows you to put this thing– a moulinette, or mill, a whisk– into the chocolate pot.

Skip to 3 minutes and 19 seconds And what that’s going to do is allow us to froth up the chocolate with that final flourish before you serve it.

Skip to 3 minutes and 36 seconds We can then give it that final few stirs, bring all that chocolate together, bring the sugar around, and a pot of rich, dark, porty chocolate, fit for a king.

The Georgian cook-a-long

In this cook-a-long video, Marc Meltonville from the Historic Kitchens Team at Historic Royal Palaces, shows you how to make your own Georgian chocolate drink.

Tempted to taste this dish? Why not try making it at home, in the comfort of your own kitchen and let us know how you get on? You can download a PDF of the recipe to accompany this video.

Please note: the recipe used in the video has been adapted to produce a weaker version of that provided in the PDF (Marc uses less chocolate than John Nott’s recipe calls for). The PDF provides John Nott’s original recipe: why not try both and share your experience with other learners?

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