‘Nadiya Bakes’: The 1 ‘Ridiculous’ Pantry Item Nadiya Hussain Uses to Make the ‘Best Hot Chocolate’

The Great British Baking Show alum, Nadiya Hussain, knows how to make a great hot chocolate and it involves a “ridiculous” pantry item. A cookbook author and TV personality, Hussain knows what it takes to make it in “The Tent” but would her hot chocolate recipe get her a handshake from judge Paul Hollywood? 

Nadiya Hussain’s latest cooking show premiered on Netflix in February 2021

Nadiya Hussain smiles as she holds a spatula on 'Nadiya Bakes'
Nadiya Hussain on Nadiya Bakes | Netflix

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Hussain is a Great British Baking Show winner. She won the cooking competition series in 2015. Hussain’s still cooking in front of the camera but now she’s not competing for first place, a bouquet of flowers, and a cake stand. With signature bakes, technical challenges, and showstoppers behind her, Hussain’s cooking and sharing tips on Nadiya Bakes

One of Netflix’s multiple food-themed shows, Nadiya Bakes began streaming on Feb. 12, 2021. It includes eight 30-minute episodes all with a different theme. Hussain makes classic bakes with a twist in the premiere and indulgent desserts in the second episode before rounding out the season with celebration bakes. 

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This isn’t the first cooking show Hussain’s ever hosted. Before becoming the star of Nadiya Bakes, she filmed another program, Nadiya’s Time to Eat, which is also streaming on Netflix at the of publication. 

The ‘Great British Baking Show’ winner uses milk powder to make ‘the most delicious hot chocolate’

Speaking to Esquire in February 2021 while promoting Nadiya Bakes, Hussain shared one random grocery store item with a long shelf-life she keeps stocked in her kitchen. Admitting it “sounds ridiculous” to have milk powder in her house at all times, Hussain said she loves it. 

“I always have milk powder, which sounds ridiculous, but we see it on the shelves all the time,” she said. “Somebody’s got to be buying it if it’s on the shelves every time you go there.” 

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Hussain continued, saying she uses milk powder to make hot chocolate. 

“Genuinely, it makes the best hot chocolate, because when we’re out of milk, I always resort to my milk powder,” she said. “Add a bit of milk powder to some cocoa, a little bit of honey, and you’ve got the most delicious hot chocolate.”

Follow Hussain’s lead and keep some powdered milk in the pantry for hot chocolate. 

The cookbook author has a recipe for hot chocolate in her debut cookbook

Hussain’s first cookbook, Nadiya’s Bake Me A Story, hit shelves in October 2016. A combination of a children’s book and a cookbook, it includes a hot chocolate recipe from the mother of three.

The ingredient list doesn’t mention milk powder but just like Hussain told Esquire, it can be used as a milk substitute when there’s none left in the fridge. According to the cookbook author’s official Nadiya Hussain website, these are the ingredients in her Cardamom and Malt Hot Chocolate: 

  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp malt powder
  • 2 tbsp runny honey
  • 1 tsp ground cardamom
  • 500ml whole milk
  • 100ml single cream
  • small marshmallows
  • 100g white chocolate, melted

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