Day 11 of 12 Days of Baking: Gingerbread Hot Chocolate

First, play this;

Hot Chocolate and Gingerbread are two treats that seem synonymous with winter. Nothing warms up my soul than sipping on hot cocoa and eating gingerbread cookies. This recipe brings the richness of coffee with the all the spices a gingerbread has to offer. It basically tastes like Christmas in a cup.

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When I say hot cocoa I don’t mean that powder stuff that you mix with water for milk to get some sort of chocolate flavored water. I want my hot chocolate to be like molten liquid chocolate- rich, creamy and chocolate-y, sort of like Willy Wonka’s Chocolate River! I still have dreams about swimming in that river.

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This time last year, my boyfriend and I were getting ready for our long awaited “Christmas in London” trip. That trip would be my first real Europe visit (not counting the one I went on with my family when  I was 10, which is basically just a blur of a memory). We had no set itinerary, and it was perfect. I remember on Christmas morning, the weather was at its coldest during out trip, we were walking around Regent’s Park, and there was a coffee booth where we bought come hot chocolate and tea just so we can keep our hands warm. And it was the best cup of hot cocoa I had ever had. Not that there was anything special about it, it was a bit watery too, but just the setting was incredible, with all the squirrels jumping around, birds flying in the crisp air.

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This year, while everyone enjoys a cold, probably snowy, Christmas, I’ll be staying in a warm weather. But that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy a hot cup of cocoa. And this recipe will sure make up for the lack of “Christmas spirit” around.

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“12 Days of Baking”
Day 1: Apple Frangipane Tart
Day 2: Rugelach
Day 3: Almond Linzer Cookies
Day 4: Chocolate Salami
Day 5: Almond ginger Biscotti
Day 6: Coffee Sablé
Day 7: Florentines
Day 8: Foolproof Holiday Fudge
Day 9: Pomegranate Rosemary Punch
Day 10Christmas Classic Mincemeat Wreath

Gingerbread Hot Chocolate
Makes: 4 cups

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2-4 ounces dark chocolate, chopped

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, mix together the cocoa powder, sugar, spices, instant coffee and salt.
  2. Heat a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the milk and cream. Bring it to a simmer, stirring every few minutes.
  3. Sprinkle the dry chocolate mixture over the hot milk, turning the heat down to low. Whisk continuously until smooth (do not let it boil), then whisk in the chopped chocolate.
  4. Enjoy by the fire while listening to Christmas music. Obviously.
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