Holy Hot Cocoa, Batman!

Sufjan Stevens – Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing (this gets my vote for prettiest Carol this year).

Last night we put up our tree. Tree trimming is not complete without hot chocolate and whipped cream and I made the mother of all winter drinks too. James brought the tree home on the subway – have you ever seen someone do that?  It always makes me laugh. This makes enough for two people.

This recipe is from my father, who would make this every Christmas morning. After a few years I think I was more excited to get up and drink this than open presents.

What you’ll need for the Whipped Cream: 1 cup of heavy cream, 2 tsp. of vanilla, 2 tsp. of confectioners sugar and 2 tbsp. of Baileys (if you have it).

  • In a metal bowl, whisk heavy cream very fast (we did this by hand. It was impossible but we made a game out of it. We tried to see how fast our arms would get tired – James won. In the end we realized a hand mixer would work much better).
  • Fold in the vanilla, sugar and Baileys.
  • Let sit for 10 minutes or so and it will get all light and frothy.

What you’ll need for the Hot Chocolate: 3 tbsp. of cocoa (Hershey’s or Ghirardelli, something like that), 4 ½ tbsp. of white sugar, 4 tbsp. of water, 2 cups of milk, 2 tsp. of vanilla, dash of salt.

  • In a medium size sauce pan over medium heat add cocoa, sugar, water and salt.
  • With a whisk, make a paste.
  • Add milk and slowly heat. Do not let boil.  Whisk until frothy.

So, in addition to Emily’s Post Wednesday, we’ll going to try Dessert Thursdays…we’ll see how it works out though.



Filed under Beverage, Dessert, Recipes

4 responses to “Holy Hot Cocoa, Batman!

  1. So why aren’t you two getting fat with all this cooking and whipping of cream??? I just gained 2 lbs reading this!

  2. Made it tonight for friends – HUGE hit. Thanks!

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