Monday, December 12, 2011

National Cocoa Day - Try One Of My Favorite Hot Chocolate Recipes

Today is National Cocoa Day! The icy cold weather in New York could not be more perfect for this wonderful holiday.
Some Interesting facts about Cocoa:
It was first discovered over 1400 years ago by monkeys. They ate the edible pulp part and the spit out the beans. Humans soon followed the trend.  
Cocoa plants can be compared to wine. The region and climate affect the taste of it.


So try one of my favorite recipes for hot Cocoa or go to your favorite chocolate shop and pick up a batch of these little sweet delicacies and enjoy!




Orange Milk Chocolate Coco

Milk chocolate with a strong orange punch. Sweetened whipped cream tops it off. You could use a semi-sweet chocolate for a bolder taste instead of milk chocolate.
Serves 4
Ingredients:
·         1/3 cup whipping cream, chilled
·         1 tsp brown sugar
·         4 1/2 cups milk
·         4 large oranges
·         9 oz milk chocolate, chopped
·         2 tbs unsweetened cocoa powder
Preparation:
Whip cream with the brown sugar until stiff peaks form. Chill for later. In a saucepan, combine milk and zest from oranges. Heat to a simmer and remove from heat. Let sit for 30 minutes, covered. Strain out the milk mixture, then bring liquid to a simmer again. Add chopped chocolate and cocoa powder. Whisk until melted and smooth. Serve and top with sweet whipped cream.



Chai Spiced - White Chocolate

This white hot chocolate, laced with chai spices, makes an elegant winter warmer. Be sure to use only top-quality white chocolate -- make sure it contains cocoa butter, and not vegetable shortening.
Serves 2.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Ingredients:
·         2 tablespoons good quality white chocolate chips or grated white chocolate
·         1 cup milk or soy milk
·         1 cup water
·         1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
·         1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
·         1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
·         1 whole clove
·         1 whole black peppercorn
Preparation:
Take two mugs, and place one tablespoon of white chocolate into each. Set aside.
Place milk and water into a small saucepan. Whisk in the spices. Place over medium heat, and allow to slowly come to a boil, whisking occasionally.
As soon as the mixture begins to boil, reduce the heat to low, and remove the clove and peppercorn.
Whisk vigorously to distribute the spices and create a foam on top. Remove from the heat.
Pour half of the milk mixture into each of the mugs. Stir to melt the white chocolate. Spoon some of the foam onto the top of each and serve. Enjoy!






1 comment:

Paz said...

I want to try the orange cocoa!!! Yummmmm. Chili is also delicious.

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