Good evening! I hope you are having a great day and hopefully not braving unseasonably cold weather as we are. Goodness the weather is strange, but for many this is the time of year to break out the mugs for hot chocolate!
Hot chocolate is a staple in my diet, in fact it is my "breakfast of champions" all year long. Although I am a traditionalist I sometimes branch out to try variations.
This Basil Mint Hot Chocolate is a recipe that came across recently and it is unexpected and delicious! I hope you will give it a try!
Basil Mint Hot Chocolate
Recipe from Liana Krissoff
11/2 cups of milk
1/2 cup of heavy cream
1/2 cup of fresh mint
1/2 cup of fresh basil
pinch of salt
2 ounces of 60% or more chocolate chopped
In a medium sauce pan combine the milk, cream, mint, and basil and salt. Place over low heat. Place the chocolate in e bowl that will fit over the pan, like a double boiler ans is also large enough to hold the milk mixture too.
Stir chocolate frequently and remove the milk from heat as soon as it is simmering. Let the milk steep with the bowl of chocolate sitting on top, for two or three minutes. While the milk is steeping stir the chocolate until melted. After two or three minutes, pour the milk through a sieve to remove the mint and basil, then pour over the melted chocolate and whisk until combined.
Pour into mugs, add whipped cream if you wish and garnish with a sprig of mint.
What do you think?
I know it is an unconventional pairing to have the savory basil along with the more traditional mint but I think it is interesting and refreshing.
I hope you have a fabulous day! Enjoy!