Monday, August 23, 2010
I remember as a child with excitement and anticipation when my mother would surprise my two sisters and I with a mug of hot chocolate and buttered toast. It was a fantastic treat she would make for us before we went to bed. We would sit on the floor around the coffee table and dunk our toast in the hot chocolate and savor the sweetness of the chocolate with the mild saltiness of the buttered toast, together they were heaven. We hated for it to end.
Well nothing has changed, I still get that silly anticipation and comforting feeling in my soul when I sit down to this simple delight.
There are many versions of this drink some made with milk, cocoa powder, sugar and vanilla ( that's the one my mother would make for us). There are powdered versions of it you can buy in a jar, but the crazy rich version I make is from milk, a little cocoa, brown sugar, chocolate, vanilla and heavy cream. Its ridiculously good and addictive, just warning you. So make this drink with a side of toast and enjoy it on occasion.....if you can. :-)
Want to know the history of this fascinating chocolate drink follow the link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot_chocolate
1 can evaporated milk (12 oz)
2 T cocoa
1/4 cup brown sugar
4 oz semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
1 t vanilla extract
1/2 cup heavy cream
In a small saucepan, add milk, cocoa powder, brown sugar and heat slowly. Add chopped chocolate, vanilla and stir until melted and smooth. Add heavy cream and heat through. Do not boil!
Posted by Chef Michael Braddock at 6:54 PM