Thursday, December 27, 2012

DIY ~ Dutch Hot Chocolate and John Isaac

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I know those hot cocoa packets are handy for a quick cuppa hot cocoa . . .

But, when I'm cravin' a decadent, over the top, cuppa this is the recipe I use, because Dutch cocoa goes through a process that gives it a richer, more delightfully intense, smooth, and more choclickity flavor.

Adapted from the New York Times

4 tablespoons Dutch processed cocoa

6 tablespoons sugar

4 cups of whole milk

1/2 vanilla bean ~ split, or 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

2 teaspoons powdered sugar (TIP: Using powdered sugar instead of granulated sugar will keep your whipped cream firm for at least 24 hours in the refrigerator).

1 cup of heavy cream, chilled

Cinnamon for sprinkling on top of whipped cream

  • In a bowl, stir together the cocoa and 6 tablespoons of sugar.
  • Stir in 1/4 cup of the milk, 1 tablespoon at a time, making a smooth paste.
  • Place the remaining milk and vanilla bean (if using vanilla extract stir into hot chocolate after heating milk in a large saucepan and bring just to a boil.
  • Meanwhile, whip cream and powdered sugar to soft peaks (I use my Bullet whip up my cream. You just add heavy cream and powdered sugar press down to lock in place and whip until you hear the sound of the motor change. That's it it's whipped!).
  • Remove milk from heat, and whisk in the chocolate paste.
  • Remove vanilla bean now, or add pure vanilla extract now.
  • Ladle the hot chocolate into 4 large mugs or 6 cups the size we use.
  • Top with a generous dollops of whipped cream and a sprinkling of cinnamon.
  • Serve immediately with a spoon!
  • Makes 4 large mugs or 6 smaller cups of Dutch Hot Chocolate!
And now for my favorite part . . . the photos!

Dutch Hot Chocolate ready to ladle into mugs!

Do you mix the whipped cream into your chocolate, or use a spoon to eat its creamy goodness?

John Isaac goes after the whipped cream first!

Happy Boy!


I loved watching John Isaac thoroughly enjoy his cup of Dutch Hot Chocolate!

Oh, Yeah . . . One satisfied customer!

Christmas Vacation is perfect time to bring a smile to the faces of your kids, and whip up a batch of Dutch Hot Chocolate!

Hope your Christmas was Merry, and your New Year's Bright!

Happy Holidays . . . from Over at Julie's!!!


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