It's getting cold outside and my boys keep asking for hot chocolate. I stopped buying the store bought mix after reading what's in it. Who would have thought all those preservatives were in hot chocolate mix. I like knowing what we're actually eating, and in this case, drinking. This recipe is so rich and smooth. My boys won't even touch the store bought stuff. I guess I'm raising a couple of hot chocolate snobs:). I just have to make it once and it lasts all winter!
2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder, preferably Dutch process
sprinkle of cinnamon
Place sugar in large bowl. Split half vanilla bean lengthwise, scrape seeds into sugar, and add pod. Work seeds in with your fingers. Cover snugly with plastic wrap and let stand overnight at room temperature.
In food processor fitted with metal blade, process semisweet chocolate and milk chocolate until finely ground.
Remove pod from sugar. Add ground chocolate and cocoa powder to sugar and whisk to blend.
Store mix airtight at room temperature for up to six months.
My husband has been begging for eggnog. He’s an eggnog junkie. I have to admit, often times we just get the store bought stuff to feed his craving. But when we really want the good stuff we make it homemade with Vanillapura Mexican beans and Mexican\rum Vanillapura extract. Because, lets face it, good pure vanilla makes everything better!
6 large egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup heavy cream
2 cups milk
1/2 tsp nutmeg
Pinch of salt
1/4 tsp Vanillapura Mexican rum vanilla extract
seeds of one Vanillapura Mexican vanilla bean
ground cinnamon, for topping
whipped cream, for topping (optional)
Whisk the egg yolks and sugar together in a medium bowl until light and creamy.
In a saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the cream, milk, nutmeg, vanilla bean seeds, and salt.
Stir often until mixture reaches a bare simmer.
Add a big spoonful of the hot milk to the egg mixture, whisking vigorously. Repeat, adding a big spoonful at a time, to temper the eggs.
Once all of the hot milk has been added to the eggs, pour the mixture back into the saucepan on the stove.
Whisk constantly, until mixture reaches 160 degrees F on a thermometer.