Monday, November 5, 2012

Basil Mint Hot Chocolate

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! 

And please come back and tell me if you try this recipe or any others. 

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A Trifle Rushed said...

This does sound tasty, interesting taste combinations, it's amazing what works well with Chocolate, isn't it?

Leslie said...

Breakfast of champions :) love it! You have to have the cream, right? I make something similar to this over the holidays.

Thanks for sharing!


Palomasea said...

I will try this!!! I may just add some basil to the minty Trader Joe's.... Still enjoying your wonderful tins so much...

Jody and Stan said...

Thanks so much for sharing your Basil Mint Hot Chocolate on Simple & Sweet Fridays. It sounds divine!


Terry said...

Sounds very different, would have never thought of basil in hot chocolate. Will have to try it.

Katherines Corner said...

Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop. Wishing you a happy weekend. xo

Kathy A Delightsome Life said...

The herb combination with the hot chocolate sounds fascinating! I'd love to give this a try - beautifully photographed - I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

Asim Ali said...

Compound Chocolate i like you post style and well done work and also nice pic and i am chocolate lover

John Hilston said...

Lovely presentation of that recipe.
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