Sunday, May 29, 2011

April Showers Bring May...Showers?

In Oregon the rain is often.  It rains for most months out of the year, and two days away from June is no exception.  I went to sleep last night to the sound of rain pattering on the roof, and woke up to the same enchanting sound this morning.  I love the way rain sounds and looks, and when the weather is cold it gives me a reason to make one of my favorite, simple recipes; Hot Cocoa on the stove!  There is something just so wonderful, and heart-warming about a cozy, warm, mug of hot cocoa on a nippy day.  Making the cocoa on the stove is even better; it gives the drink an extra ounce of care and love, it makes it even more special.

Stove Top Hot Cocoa:

 *Makes 3 to 5 servings

  • 4 to 5 cups of milk (I use fat free, but it doesn't really matter; 1%, 2%, or whole milk makes for creamy dreamy hot cocoa)
  • scant 2/3 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder (more or less depending on your chocolate preference)
  • 1/2 cup sugar (I like sugar in the raw)
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup whipping cream, or heavy cream
    **Optional Toppings: whipped cream, marshmallows, extra cinnamon, chocolate/white chocolate shavings 

    1. Turn a burner on to med/high and place heavy bottomed pot on burner.
    2. Add milk, cocoa powder, sugar, vanilla,cinnamon, and nutmeg to the pot; stir continually with a whisk, breaking up any clumps, and simmer ingredients for about 5 minutes, getting as close as possible to a boil, without actually boiling it.
    3. Pour into mugs, filling them about 3/4 of the way up. 
    4. Add 2 to 3 tablespoons of whipping cream (heavy cream) to the mugs and stir.
    5. Whipped cream, marshmallows, an extra sprinkling of cinnamon, and/or chocolate shavings can be added to top the drink off.
    6. Serve as is, or with an accompaniment of fresh baked cookies (browned butter, or chocolate-peanut butter cookies are what I bake!)   

    1 comment:

    1. ummm...yum, I can't wait until the weather is cooler to try this one. Thanks