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Monday, August 23, 2010

Hot Chocolate and Toast...... I just can't help myself!



I remember as a child with excitement and anticipation when my mother would surprise my two sisters and I with a mug of hot chocolate and buttered toast. It was a fantastic treat she would make for us before we went to bed. We would sit on the floor around the coffee table and dunk our toast in the hot chocolate and savor the sweetness of the chocolate with the mild saltiness of the buttered toast, together they were heaven. We hated for it to end.
Well nothing has changed, I still get that silly anticipation and comforting feeling in my soul when I sit down to this simple delight.
There are many versions of this drink some made with milk, cocoa powder, sugar and vanilla ( that's the one my mother would make for us). There are powdered versions of it you can buy in a jar, but the crazy rich version I make is from milk, a little cocoa, brown sugar, chocolate, vanilla and heavy cream. Its ridiculously good and addictive, just warning you. So make this drink with a side of toast and enjoy it on occasion.....if you can.  :-)

Want to know the history of this fascinating chocolate drink follow the link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot_chocolate


Recipe

1 can evaporated milk (12 oz)
2 T cocoa
1/4 cup brown sugar
4 oz semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
1 t vanilla extract
1/2 cup heavy cream

Method

In a small saucepan, add milk, cocoa powder, brown sugar and heat slowly. Add chopped chocolate, vanilla and stir until melted and smooth. Add heavy cream and heat through. Do not boil!

2 comments:

Sarah Caswell said...

MMMMmmm!! I can just taste it now!!! That is by far one of my favorite memories. I have now passed it on to my 3 children and they love it just as much as we did. I have started making the hot chocolate in large batches. I use powdered milk, powdered sugar, quik, cocoa and coffee mate. It is easy to make and will last all winter long. Thanks for reminding me and I can't wait for the first cool crisp fall evening to share some hot chocolate and toast with the family. Your baby sister
Sarah

Wendy said...

Saving this recipe for when it cools down in Texas...in about three months if we're lucky! I grew up eating hot coco with cinnamon-sugar toast, so I get the comfort aspect of it!!