Finally a break in the weather! Fall missed us this year, we had Summer I followed by Summer II. There were many days in October when the temps were in the 80's. Fall I missed you! This morning when I took my walk, it was 43 degrees and it felt wonderful. With the arrival of cooler temps comes a change in seasonal recipes.
Last year, I treated myself to one of the Christmas mugs offered by Primitive Gatherings. Christmas mug 2015 featured a tree, mug 2016 is a snowman in frosty blue color. Mug 2014 was a star--I missed the boat on that one. Nothing more relaxing or warming than a good cup of hot chocolate by the fire. Below is one of Martha Stewart's recipes for hot chocolate.
- 4 cups milk
- 2 split vanilla beans
- 19 ounces semisweet or milk chocolate cut into small pieces
- whipped cream
- chocolate shavings
Heat milk to scalding in a medium saucepan. Add split vanilla beans.
Let steep 10 minutes
Remove saucepan from heat, strain, and return to saucepan
Reheat milk, using a whisk, stir in chocolate until the chocolate is melted and the milk is frothy
Serve immediately with a dollop of whipped cream
Garnish with chocolate shavings
Here is an easy homemade Hot Chocolate Mix to be shared with friends, neighbors, coworkers, etc.
3 1/2 cups sugar
2 1/2 cups cocoa
1 tablespoon salt
In a large bowl, combine, sugar, cocoa and salt and whisk to combine well. Store the mixture in an airtight container. For individual services, pour 1 cup whole milk into a microwave safe mug and microwave on high just until hot. Add 2 tablespoons of cocoa mix and stir to dissolve. For a larger batch of cocoa, warm the milk in a saucepan set over medium-low heat, taking care not to let the milk boil as it warms. Stir in two tablespoons of mix for each cup of milk.