Cozy Up

Today has turned into quite a dreary day.  It hasn’t quite decided if it is going to truly rain or not, so it is just spitting the rain out randomly.  Plus, the temperature has dropped back to the upper 4os today.  Time to cozy up!  After returning from Portsmouth this morning for an interview, I needed to warm up my bones.  Andrew also returned this afternoon from a camping and hiking overnight and was feeling chilled to the bone.  Time for a cup of gourmet hot chocolate! Below is the recipe for the cup I made today…which was delicious!  Depending on your weather today you may or may not be wanting something hot to drink, but give it a try sometime and tell me what you think. 

Swiss Hot Chocolate in one of my mugs

Recipe:  Het Choklad Vit (from Chokladkoppen, Stockholm, Sweden) 

ingredients – 1 c. whole milk (or whatever your prefer), 4 oz. White Chocolate, chopped (the recommended chocolate from the recipe is Valrhona Ivoire White Chocolate), 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract, 1 orange slice

*In a medium saucepan, heat the milk over medium-low heat until very hot but not boiling.  Gradually add the white chocolate to the hot milk, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth.  Stir in the vanilla.  Remove from the heat and froth with a steamer or immersion blender.  Pour into mug and arrange the orange slice as a garnish.  Serve Immediately.  Makes 1 serving.

Two of my mugs

Chopped White Chocolate added in

  

Almost Ready

This recipe comes from the Cholkadkoppen (The Chocolate Cup) cafe in Stockholm, Sweden.  People come from all over for the “city’s best hot chocolate” topped with a froth of steamed milk.  It is a sought after comfort to help take the chill off the six-month-long Scandinavian winter. (Info taken from Michael Turback’s Hot Chocolate).

“A cup of hot chocolate is twice as rich in antioxidants as a glass of red wine.  And, some would say, is just as intoxicating.”  -Michael Turback

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