Monday, March 23, 2009

Hot chocolate for a cold day

Ahh, one last blast of winter (I hope!). It's snowing here in Nova Scotia so I thought I would offer my best recipes for hot chocolate - one white chocolate, one dark. These recipes are much richer and creamier than the hot chocolate from a mix so drink with caution to avoid chocolate overload!! Stay warm friends!

White Hot Chocolate - serves 4
· 2 cups milk
· 2 cups half-and-half cream
· 8 oz white chocolate, chopped
· 2 tbsp sugar
· 2 tsp vanilla extract
· 2 oz brandy, optional
· cinnamon sticks, for garnish

Directions:
White Hot Chocolate
1. Pour milk and cream into a heavy- bottomed pot and heat over medium low heat for 5 minutes. Stir in white chocolate, sugar and vanilla extract until melted.
2. For a grown-up treat, stir in brandy.


Dark Hot Chocolate - serves 4
Ganache:
8oz good quality bittersweet chocolate
1 cup heavy cream
Directions:
1. Chop up chocolate into small pieces and put into a bowl. Heat cream until boiling and pour over chocolate. Let sit for 2 minutes and then stir until smooth.
Heat:
2 cups milk
1/2 cup cream
2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
Pour this mixture over your ganache and stir until smooth. Pour into cups and enjoy!!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Some of the best "instant" hot chocolate you'll ever have is made with Heritage chocolate from the Fortress of Louisbourg. I highly recommend it.

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