Fri 25 Dec 2009
Well, folks, it’s that time of year for us in Winterspring and Northrend! It’s cold, it’s snowy, and we’re all freezing in our armor!
Well, okay, it’s always that time of year in Winterspring and Northrend. Nevertheless, we at Nourish have the cure for the commonly cold! (I’m so punny.)
Just about everyone loves hot chocolate, but what do you do when it’s 20 below and the cocoa’s cold before it ever reaches your tum? Add hot spices, that’s what! This delicious recipe is sure to keep you toasty inside until Winterspring turns to Summerfall and Northrend migrates south!
- 3 1/4 cups 2% milk
- 6 ounces chopped white chocolate
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or you can use chili powder for less heat, chipotle powder for more)
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
If you have a double-boiler, this is pretty easy. You can melt the chocolate without worrying about burning it, and add all of the ingredients appropriately. If you don’t have a double boiler, I’d recommend using a metal bowl (like a mixing bowl) in a pot of water – just be careful not to fill the pot too full, or you’ll risk burning yourself.
- Place the white chocolate in the top half of your double boiler, or metal bowl over a pan of simmering (not boiling!) water. Melt the chocolate, stirring occasionally until smooth. Stir in cayenne pepper (or chili powder or chipotle powder) and cinnamon. Whisk in the egg until smooth.
- Whisk in one cup of the milk until completely mixed – this takes about 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in the rest of the milk, and heat until hot, but not simmering. (You don’t want a skin to form.) When the hot chocolate is at your desired temperature, ladle into mugs and garnish with cinnamon. (I also used a peppermint stick for added flavor.)
(Photos provided courtesy of Ilcyira of Aggramar. Chocolate made by Wylson of Aggramar. Chocolate consumed by Ilcyira, Wylson, and Sakuura of Aggramar.)