12.23.2016

Gingerbread Hot Chocolate


For some odd reason the truffle shells that I use to make my Christmas chocolates never arrived. Which is just weird because I have been ordering them from the same source for years now.  I was extremely disappointed as I put my Gingerbread Truffle recipe away.  That's when I thought that gingerbread hot chocolate would be AMAZING!  

IT IS!



The recipe is simple and makes a very rich dark hot chocolate with great gingerbread flavor.  
You will need:

2 cups milk
1 cup cream
2 tablespoons molasses
10 whole cloves
10 allspice berries
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1-inch piece of ginger, chopped
1/4 cup cocoa
1/4 cup semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate
Whipped cream
Marshmallows

You probably noticed that I'm not adding sugar to this recipe.  I personally like my hot chocolate more bitter than sweet so I don't feel the need for sugar.  The molasses adds enough sweet for me.  You may add sugar, if you feel the recipe needs to be sweeter.


In a small sauce pan, add milk, cream, molasses, and spices.


Bring to a simmer.


Once the mixture begins to simmer, remove from heat and cover with a lid.  Allow to steep for 20 minutes.


Strain milk mixture and discard solids.


Reheat the milk mixture and add cocoa and chocolate. I used raw cacao and callebaut bittersweet chocolate callets.


Whisk until the chocolate has melted and mixture is smooth.

Serve hot topped with whipped cream, marshmallows, or both!



Have a very Merry Christmas and a great new year.


Gingerbread Hot Chocolate
2 cups milk
1 cup cream
2 tablespoons molasses
10 whole cloves
10 allspice berries
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1-inch piece of ginger, chopped
1/4 cup cocoa
1/4 cup semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate
Whipped Cream
Marshmallows

In a small saucepan add milk, cream, molasses and spices.  Over low heat barely bring to a simmer. Remove from heat and cover. Allow mixture to steep for 20 minutes.  Strain out the solids and disgard.  Reheat milk mixture then add cocoa and chopped chocolate.  Whisk until thick and smooth.
Serve with whipped cream or marshmallows or both!  Makes 3 cups

















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