Thursday, February 4, 2016

Chocolate Babka French Toast



Recently I made a few loaves of this "Better Babka" from Smitten Kitchen and let me say it is delicious; rich, buttery and chocolaty. Deb os Smitten Kitchen writes the best recipes and things that seem complicated, like braided chocolate yeast bread, just come out easier and better when using her recipes. I love this bread best right out of the oven when the chocolate is still warm and gooey.




The recipe itself is so good that you should not have any leftover for anything like fresh toast but I purposely saved a few slices to make this over the top, decadent, chocolate breakfast. After all, I think a sweet treat is the perfect way to start the day!





French Toast

4 eggs
1/4 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
8 slices of babka bread

Butter, powdered sugar and syrup for garnish

In a skillet over medium heat melt butter or spray with cooking spray. In a bowl whisk together eggs, milk and vanilla then pour into a shallow dish. Dip bread into egg mixture and cook bread until golden brown then flip and cook the other side until golden brown as well. Remove to plate and serve with syrup or butter, powdered sugar and fresh fruit. 


I hope that you make the Better Babka from Smitten Kitchen and if you do set aside a few pieces so you can make this sweet, scrumptious breakfast as well. I promise that you will not be disappointed!

Enjoy!


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Sunday, January 31, 2016

The Best and Most Decadent Hot Chocolate EVER

I love hot chocolate and drink it everyday, sometimes twice a day. I have my "go to recipe" but am frequently searching for that chocolat chaud that takes me back to my travels in France and Italy. If you have been to either country you know the sort of drink I am talking about, almost like a liquid ganache. Rich, chocolaty and so good that you really only need an espresso cup full.





This recipe is the closest I have come to the chocolat chaud at Angelina's in Paris and frankly it could not be easier. 

Decadent Hot Chocolate 
Recipe from Tasty

8 oz. 72% chocolate chopped
11/2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons powdered sugar or to taste

In a saucepan over medium heat add the cream, milk and powdered sugar, whisk to combine. When bubbles form around the edges turn to low heat whisk in the chopped chocolate until melted and incorporated. Pour into cups and garnish with whipped cream.

It is excellent the first day but I think it tastes best the next day or even the day after, it gets thicker and richer. 




Enjoy!



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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Chocolat Chaud or French Hot Chocolate from Dorie Greenspan

As we are in the path of the storm of the century I have armed myself with all of the provisions needed especially a pile of books and a pot of chocolate chaud. What more could you ask for?





This recipe a perfect treat on a cold day, or any day for that matter. It is from one of my favorite cookbook authors and bloggers Dorrie Greenspan, it is her version of Laudree's chocolat chaud.




Chocolat Chaud or French Hot Chocolate
Recipe from Dorie Greenspan

11/2 cups of whole milk
21/2 Tablespoons of water
21/2 Tablespoons of sugar
3 oz. bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped

In a medium saucepan combine the milk, water and sugar, place over medium heat and whisk until the sugar is dissolved. Increase the heat to medium-high and bring to just a boil. Remove from heat and add chocolate, whisk the mixture until the chocolate is melted. Then blend the mixture with an immersion blender or pour mixture into a traditional blender. If using a blender BE CAREFUL and when you put the top on do not add the little plug and put a towel over the hole. Blend for 1 minute. 

Pour into cups and enjoy! You can garnish with whipped cream and cocoa powder if you like. 





Enjoy!


Thursday, January 21, 2016

Sipping Chocolate

Good morning~ and a happy start to a new week! Bitter cold mornings make me not want to leave my bed much less the house. All I feel like doing on days like that are staying in, stoking the fire and reading, of course a cup of cocoa, or hot chocolate is always welcome as well. 




Sipping Chocolate

11/4 cups whole milk
1/2 cup cream
5 teaspoons sugar
5 ounces bittersweet chocolate coarsely chopped

Combine the milk, cream and sugar in a medium pan and bring to a simmer. Place the chocolate in a blender. Pour the hot milk over the chocolate and blend until smooth and frothy.




Enjoy!





Saturday, January 16, 2016

Mississippi Mud Pie Hot Chocolate




Good morning! Another chilly day here in the South, but I guess that is ok as it is Winter. On cold mornings like these I love the make a big pot of hot chocolate so that I can start the day with not only something that I love but something that is chocolaty and delicious.




So much better tasting than oatmeal, not necessarily healthier but definitely more chocolaty, that is unless you are having some of my scrumptious Chocolate Chip Oatmeal


Mississippi Mud Pie Hot Chocolate

Recipe from Phillip Ashley Rix
The Local Palate Magazine December 2015

11/2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup heave cream
1 vanilla bean split
4 oz. dark chocolate
2 oz. milk chocolate
1 tsp. Ceylon cinnamon
2 oz. bourbon(optional)
mini marshmallows for garnish

In a medium pan combine milk, cream and the scraped beans from the vanilla bean as well as the pod. Set over medium heat until hot.
Add chocolates, stir until completely melted and incorporated. Turn to low, add cinnamon and stir.

Remove the vanilla bean. Mixture will thicken as it simmers, be careful not to scotch the mixture.

Stir in the bourbon and remove from heat. Pour into cups and add garnish.

NOTE: I do not add the Bourbon when I make this, but a lot of people love it this way for an afternoon or evening drink.





I hope you try this or one of my other Favorite Hot Chocolate Recipes! Stay warm and have a great week.


Friday, January 8, 2016

Bailey's Frozen Hot Chocolate Cocktail



Happy 2016! It sounds strange to say that because I cannot figure out where 2015 went. I think it is as they say, time seems to go faster as I age. I actually meant to post this before the holidays were over because I thought it would be a tasty cocktail for New Years eve but I did not have the time. If you are a hot chocolate fan or a Bailey's fan both of which I am, I think you will enjoy this easy and tasty treat. 


Bailey's Frozen Hot Chocolate Cocktail
Recipe adapted from David Lebovitz

Ingredients:
3/4 cup milk, divided
1 tablespoon Dutch processed cocoa powder
4 ounces 65% chocolate chips
1 scoop vanilla ice cream 
3 tablespoons Baileys  
1 1/2 cups ice cubes
whipped cream for garnish

Directions:
In a small saucepan, heat 1/2 cup of the milk with the cocoa powder, just until mixture begins to boil.  Remove pan from the heat, and add the chocolate chips, stirring until melted and smooth.  Set the mixture aside to cool.

In a blender, combine the cooled chocolate milk mixture, the remaining 1/4 cup milk, ice cream, Baileys, and ice cubes, then blend until completely smooth.  Divide into glasses and garnish with whipped cream. 








Enjoy! 



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Friday, January 1, 2016

10 of My Favorite Hot Chocolate Recipes

Homemade Hot Chocolate


Christmas is over and the New Year is on its way, winter though has yet to arrive in my neck of the woods. That hasn't stopped me from enjoying a cup, or two of hot chocolate. 

Hot chocolate is the perfect dessert in my opinion, it has maximum chocolaty taste for minimal effort. These are 10 of my favorite hot chocolate recipes that I have made on this blog over the last couple of years. There are lots more but I thought you might enjoy a few of these as the winter weather finally sets in.