right now + spiced hot chocolate

18 12 2009

An anniversary! 365 days ago I wrote the first post for this blog.

Right Now, I am:

feeling… excited (and a wee bit nervous) about the stampeding herds of snow cows that are arriving tonight and staying for the weekend. Brrr

enjoying… some crazy hair, courtesy of my new late-night haircut

looking… forward to another day of Christmas knitting

Swampfield Cowl wip

wondering… (again) whether I’ll actually finish my list of holiday crafting in time

listening… to the weather report

wanting… really sweet trees like these ones. We wants them, precious!! But the craft list is already overfull. Maybe next year.

loving… almost a full year with our Bebe. Joy! And he has been helping me by rearranging my craft supplies and stashing them in clever, hidden places:

helping mama craft

drinking… some seriously delicious spiced hot chocolate (see recipe below)

Meme from a SouleMama archive (October 2008)

Spiced Hot Chocolate (serves 2)
(based on recipe from Bon Appetit, March 2004)

Ingredients
2 cups milk
1/4 C dark brown sugar
5 cardamon pods
4 cloves
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp chili powder
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp vanilla extract

Directions
1. In a small bowl, blend together the brown sugar and spices.

2. On medium heat, bring milk to a simmer. Reduce heat to medium-low and stir in the sugar-spice mixture. Continue stirring until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat & let sit for 10-15 minutes (this helps the cardamon and cloves really flavor the milk).

3. On medium heat, return to simmer. Stir in vanilla extract and cocoa powder. When the powder is well blended, remove from heat again. Use a small strainer to remove the cardamon & cloves – you can do this while you pour into cups or pour the whole pot into a bowl.

Notes
1. If you have a tea ball or mulling mesh ball, you can put the cardamon pods & cloves in there and THEN into the pot. This will save you the straining step at step #3 – just remove the ball and discard the spices.

2. Recipes usually swear by whole milk (and sometimes mixed with heavy cream), but we drink 2% milk in our house and it’s fine in this recipe.

3. If you only have instant hot chocolate mix in your kitchen, it probably has sugar in it already, so you can skip the brown sugar. But it won’t be as tasty as this, I’m just sayin…

Wishing you a warm & safe weekend!

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7 responses

18 12 2009
geek+nerd

This sounds very tasty! Lately I’ve been putting fresh whipped cream and a splash of amaretto in my hot chocolate, and I’ve been loving it! I like the idea of all of the herbs and spices in this recipe though. Maybe I’ll try this next!

23 12 2009
perches

Yum, that sounds nicely decadent. I love grown-ups’ hot chocolate 🙂

18 12 2009
Jo

Congratulations on blogging for a year, great achievement. That hot chocolate sounds extremely yum, will make a note of this recipe for next winter as well. LOL on crafty things getting posted, I have the same problem here (and my cellphone).

18 12 2009
beandh

Oh wow, that hot chocolate sounds sooooooo yummy. That is a weekend must

19 12 2009
quirkygranolagirl

That picture of the Bebe is adorable.
Almost a year? I know it is a cliche, but the time just flies!

23 12 2009
perches

It’s astonishing to look back on the year and see how he has come from a tiny bundly of love to an active & merry little person. We cherish every day, as I’m sure you guys are doing, too!

20 12 2009
gardenmama

mmm… the hot chocolate sounds fabulous!
sweet photo of your little one : )




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