Well the weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful… With winter coming, you’re going to have to deal with me getting cheesy. I’m sorry, that’s just how it is. However, there is good news: we’re going to have some fun with the cheesiness. On today’s agenda: a tour of chocolate.
First up; let’s take a nice, leisurely stroll through the magic that is hot chocolate. I have a confession to make, and I honestly hope you won’t think less of me for it. I’m actually ok with instant hot chocolate. I know, I know; I do everything from scratch the traditional way, slaving over a hot stove and whatnot. Don’t get me wrong; the traditional from scratch stuff is far tastier. But if you’re short on time and just lounging around with friends or family, go ahead and nuke a cup! You can also just put the powder in a coffee maker and brew a bunch of instant at a time. Add some marshmallows, start sipping, and warm up! But…
If you want to try the from scratch method (you do, don’t lie to yourself), here’s how to do it. First, figure out how many cups of the delicious beverage you’re going to need. Now add three, this is going to taste good. Simply pour milk into a mug, then into a saucepan (obviously do this for as many servings as you’re going to make). While that heats up, add a few drops vanilla extract, a pinch of nutmeg, and a pinch of cinnamon. And a dash of cayenne pepper. Trust me! If you don’t like spice you can leave it out, but the surprise bit of heat of the tongue feels great.
Once the milk reaches a simmer, turn the heat down to low and add a half table of sugar per serving, as well as 3 squares of either milk chocolate or dark chocolate depending on your tastes. Stir slowly and continuously until melted, and serve! Make sure to protect your more impatient cohorts from themselves; the burned tongue or scalded roof of the mouth will result in an evening of complaints.
Not in the mood for something hot? Why not a cold chocolate dessert? Chocolate mousse is one of my favorite things to make for two reason.
- It has a decadent, luxury mouth feel that is hard to match
- It is actually not expensive to make
- It’s a great recipe for little ones to help with
Fine, that was 3 reasons. I’m not changing the sentence; I’m out of control. In fact, you’ll have to wait a day for the mousse recipe…