Friday, November 4, 2011
Friday Food Craft: Hot Chocolate
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The temperature has dropped dramatically the last few days here in Portland, I foresee a long cold Winter. However, my spirit is lifted slightly by the fact I will have all the more excuse to indulge in this amazing hot chocolate. It is velvety smooth and just the right amount of sweet. It even puts me in the Holiday spirit a little early (I should really start shopping for those Holiday gifts).
To make this amazing hot chocolate for you and the ones you love you will need:
2 cups whole milk
4-5 ounces chopped dark chocolate (I used a chocolate with 54% cacao)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 Tablespoons Maple Syrup (you could substitute Honey or another natural sweetener as well)
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Start chopping your chocolate as finely as you can and set it aside.
Pour your milk into a saucepan and heat over medium low heat until it is barely simmering. Add in your chocolate, vanilla and maple syrup and whisk until everything has melted together. Sprinkle in your cinnamon and whisk until combined.
Pour into the mugs/cups of your choice. Enjoy!
I generally use teacups for my cocoa, in which case this makes 4 servings filled to the brim. If you would like to add an extra festive touch, you can substitute 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract for the cinnamon as well to make minty hot chocolate. :)