Thursday, May 31, 2012

Spiced Mexican Hot Chocolate



What happened to my 90°F weather???
It's been warm and perfect the last few weeks. Kids enjoying the pool everyday.
Today we woke up cold, and in need of sweaters.
Blah!!!!!!





Cold days or nights ... calls for a warm drink. 
A decadent steamy spiced chocolate drink, will do.
Not a cup of chocolate drink made from Hershey cocoa, but a hot chocolate drink from a good mexican chocolate made from roasted and ground cacao nibs, with cinnamon and sugar.
This drink will surely brighten any cloudy day!!!






Like any chocolate lover, I love a rich and creamy steamy cup of hot chocolate drink, so in this recipe I added a good quality unsweetened cocoa powder and heavy cream. And added whipped topping for extra, extra creaminess.



Serves: 4
Ingredients:
2 cups whole milk
1/4 cup heavy cream
4 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/8 tsp - 1/4 tsp of chili  powder or cayenne (adjust to your liking)
pinch of salt
1 disk of Mexican sweet chocolate, chopped


Directions:
  • Pour milk in a medium saucepan, add the cocoa powder and salt, whisk constantly until it comes to a full boil.
  • Add the heavy cream and the chopped Mexican chocolate, whisk gently until chocolate is completely melted.
  • Remove from heat and transfer to a cup. Add whipped topping before serving. And garnish with chocolate shavings.



Notes:
  • I like my hot chocolate creamy so I made this with heavy cream and milk, you can omit the heavy cream if so desired.
  • For a smoother consistency, you can use an immersion blender or simply place the strainer over a large bowl, line with cheese cloth and pour hot chocolate, strain the lumps out through cheese cloth to ensure a smooth hot chocolate drink.

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