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Milk Chocolate and Peanut Butter Hot Cocoa

03 Aug

I found these delicious hot chocolate recipes in the February issue of Martha Stewart Living and have been wanting to blog about them since day one.   Well it has taken me awhile, but these steamy cocoas really work anytime you feel like warming up with rich decadent chocolate. Ummm, anytime could easily be all the time!  Most of us probably have memories of cozy nights enjoyed with mugs of hot cocoa.  Maybe it was from a homemade cocoa mix made on the stove by mom.  Maybe it came out of a packet of instant “just add water” mix, and you zapped it in the microwave yourself.  I’ve enjoyed it all, but my favorite, the hot cocoa that always was the most satisfying, was chocolate melted in a pot of milk.  It doesn’t get any better unless you stumble upon these recipes that use cream, add peanut butter to the milk chocolate, spice to the dark, and coconut milk and rum to the white chocolate.  Yes, rum! Your eyes are not deceiving you. My favorite of the three was the white chocolate cocoa with coconut milk and rum. Definitely an adult hot chocolate, but omit the rum, and everyone can enjoy!

Serve with these delicious Sugar and Spice Cookies.

 

Milk Chocolate and Peanut Butter Hot Cocoa

 

Ingredients:

  • 5 ounces of milk chocolate, finely chopped (about 1 cup).
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup of creamy peanut butter

 

Method:

  1. Heat the milk and cream in a saucepan over medium heat, being careful not to scorch.
  2. Add in chopped chocolate, whisking vigorously until chocolate has melted.
  3. Continue warming cocoa for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  4. Whisk in peanut butter until mixture is smooth. Remove from heat and serve.

 

 

Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa

 

Ingredients:

  • 5 ounces of bittersweet chocolate finely chopped (about 1 cup).
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 Tbs. light brown sugar
  • 1/4 tspn. freshly grated nutmeg

 

Method:

  1. Heat the milk and cream in a saucepan over medium heat, being careful not to scorch.
  2. Add in chopped chocolate, whisking vigorously until chocolate has melted.
  3. Whisk in sugar until dissolved.
  4. Continue warming cocoa for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  5. Whisk in nutmeg. Remove from heat and serve with chocolate shavings and orange zest if available.

 

White Chocolate Hot Cocoa with Coconut Milk and Rum

Ingredients:

  • 5 ounces of white chocolate, finely chopped (about 1 cup).
  • 1 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 Tbs. rum. (I used 2 Tbs. I really couldn’t taste it with just 1 Tbs.)
  • Dash of freshly grated nutmeg (optional)

Method:

  1. Heat the milk s and cream in a saucepan over medium heat, being careful not to scorch
  2. Add in chopped chocolate, whisking vigorously until chocolate has melted.
  3. Continue warming cocoa for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  4. Whisk in rum. Remove from heat and serve with a sprinkle of grated nutmeg.
 
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Posted by on August 3, 2011 in Cooking

 

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