December 18, 2014
Alright party people in the house! DJ CookingPants is wrecking up a storm in the kitchen with way too many dishes being used! Get yer aprons on and prepare to have your tastebuds blown by a storm of raw cocoa and hot pepper! Drop the vanilla extract! Ahem. I don’t know what came over me there. Hi. Martina here. Christmas and Winter to me is a nice cup of hot chocolate in my hand that can double both as a hand warmer and a dessert. I really don’t enjoy the overly sweet hot chocolate available in most coffee shops, so I prefer making my own. It’s really really easy to make and if you double this recipe you can package up all the dry ingredients into a lovely jar and make a wonderful Christmas gift with it! Seriously, I’ve made a cool looking Hot Chocolate in a Jar gift back in Canada as Christmas gifts before and it was very well received! I even added a gourmet bag of marshmallows, a funky spoon, and a nice mug! Homemade and lovely! Just make sure you included a hand written recipe attached to the jar!
So this is my recipe for Homemade Hot Cocoa made with a dash of Cayenne Pepper and a shot of creamy Bailey’s Irish Cream Liqueur. It’s kindof a Mexican Hot Chocolate with a Christmas twist?
I used to follow a beaten up looking paper recipe which was barely hanging onto the side of the oldest looking cocoa tin that my Baka used to have in her kitchen. I took that basic recipe and tweaked it a bit after I learned that hot pepper is actually really great at bringing out flavour of chocolate. I know it might seem super weird to add what seems like a savour ingredient to a sweet drink, but you’re not adding so much hot pepper that you can really taste it, you’re adding enough to make the cocoa really pop. You won’t be able to tell there is hot pepper in this drink unless you want to add more than a couple dashes, which let me tell you, is just as lovely! Also, adding the Bailey’s is optional, but keep in mind that I use less sugar because I know that the Bailey’s will add more sweetness. If you follow the original recipe and leave out the Bailey’s you might find it a little more bitter than most usual hot chocolates. Add more sugar if you’d like, but I wouldn’t go over 1/4 cup more!
This recipe serves 4 small sized mugs (or 2 large…or 1 mug with a refill)
– 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa (You can do 1 cup if you like a darker hot chocolate)
– 1/4 cup sugar
– 1/8 tsp salt
– Dash of cayenne pepper
– 1 tsp vanilla extract
– 1/3 cup warm water
– 4 cups of milk (I measured using the cups I was serving in, but each cup was approximately 250ml)
1. Dump all the dry ingredients unceremoniously together in a pot big enough for 4 cups of milk.
2. Grab a whisk and add the vanilla extract and the 1/3 cup of warm water. Whisk it all together to form a smooth paste of chocolate
3. Drink that ish non-stop till you’re singing Christmas Cheer loud and clear for all to hear.