Grown-up Hot Chocolate

>> Friday, January 17, 2014

It's been a while, but I'd like revive our Weekend Things series, just not this week. I whisked together quite an adult treat this morning. Certainly a mug of hot chocolate your kids wouldn't particularly enjoy. It's bright and, that word again, zesty. (If you didn't catch our Zesty Orange Ricotta Muffins, you're missing out!) And a pinch of cayenne pepper gives it a nice kick.

I'm sure you know by now that I like making cocoa at home!


What you'll need . . . 
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • juice 1/2 large orange
  • zest from that half orange
  • 1-1/2 cups unsweetened almond or soy milk
  • palmful dark chocolate chips (5-10)
  • pinch cayenne pepper

Method . . .
  1. Whisk together the cocoa powder, sugar, and orange juice until it forms a thick paste. You may need to add a couple teaspoons water.
  2. Put this paste in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Pour your almond/soy milk over top and whisk to incorporate.
  3. Add in zest, vanilla extract, and chocolate chips. If you like some spice, add the cayenne.
  4. Enjoy immediately.
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So, like I said. Weekend Things will return next week, but that doesn't keep me from sharing a few of my favorites today.

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