Friday, November 22, 2013

5 Hot Chocolate Recipes To Try

Dear Friends,

It's that time of year again, when curling up under a blanket and sipping from a steaming mug is all you can think about!  Here are a few different variations on traditional hot chocolate, for staying warm on a chilly winter afternoon.

Hot Cocoa Tips:

-Warm milk over medium heat, if milk boils, turn down heat quickly to avoid burning & leaving a bitter taste.

-You can adjust the richness of your cocoa by adding a dash of water or skim milk.
-Soy or almond milk should work for these recipes, too!
-The following recipes are for 2-3 servings & are adapted slightly from their original source.

Hope you enjoy!

Until Soon,
Sara / "Jane" xx

1. Mocha Hot Chocolate via

1-1/2 c milk, 1 tbsp sugar, 1 tbsp brown sugar, 2 tbsp cocoa powder, 1 tbsp instant coffee granules, 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon, 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg, 1/8 tsp salt.
Place all ingredients in a saucepan and warm over medium heat.  Continue whisking quickly until steaming.  Add whipped cream or marshmallows & serve!

2.  Peppermint Hot Chocolate via AZestyBite
1/4 c cream, 1 tbsp sugar,

1 1/4 c whole milk,

1/2 tsp vanilla,

1/2 tsp cocoa,
1/4 c semi sweet chocolate chip morsels,
1 tbsp Andes peppermint baking chips.  

Add cream, sugar, milk and vanilla to a small sauce pan over medium heat until steaming.

Remove from the heat and add cocoa, morsels and peppermint to the saucepan.

Whisk until everything is melted and smooth.
Pour into mugs and top with marshmallows and a candy cane.

3.  Nutella Hot Chocolate via Channeling Contessa
2 c milk, 1/4 c Nutella, 1 tsp vanilla extract.  
Heat milk in a small pan.  
Once milk begins to warm whisk in Nutella & vanilla.

Heat milk mixture to desired temperature & top with with marshmallows or whipped cream.

4.  Salted Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate, via One Ordinary Day
1/4 c sugar, 1/4 c cocoa powder, 3 c milk, 3-4 tbsp peanut butter, 1/2 c semisweet chocolate chips.  
In a saucepan, add sugar & cocoa powder & mix in milk. Warm
on medium heat until desired temperature.

Remove from heat & add 3-4 tbsp of peanut butter & 1/2 c bitter or semisweet chocolate chips.

Whisk well & finish with a touch of sea salt & toasted marshmallows.

5. Caramel Hot Chocolate via

1/2 cup whole milk,
1/4 cup heavy cream,
5 ounces milk chocolate, coarsely chopped,
3 tablespoons caramel sauce (you can use pre-made sauce or find a recipe here). 

Heat milk & cream to steaming, add chocolate & whisk.  Add caramel last.  Stir well & serve. Drizzle leftover caramel syrup over whipped cream for a barista-worthy top off!

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