Happy New Year Friends,
We were inspired to choose hot chocolate as our theme for this month after watching the PBS show, I’ll Have What Phil’s Having, Episode 3: Paris. Among many delights from football-sized croissants to succulent roast chickens, was a jaunt at the Les Deux Magots for their legendary hot chocolate. After seeing Phil experience it, I dare you not to instantly place the dream of drinking hot chocolate there at the top of your culinary bucket list. It looks like the best chocolate you’ve ever had in luscious liquid form. Oh, yeah!!!
Here’s the selection:
- Hot Chocolate on a Stick
- Vanilla Marshmallows
- Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups
- White Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookies
Hot Chocolate on a Stick. Totally indulgent (and portable) melted Belgian chocolate (from Trader Joes) that you may eat directly off the stick (highly recommended) or dissolve in hot milk; either way, you won’t be disappointed! A couple tips: We used silicone ice cube tray molds which worked extremely well. You have to work fast with piping the mixture into them, as the mixture behaves much like fudge, solidifying immediately. Also, the sheen on the chocolate is beautiful but takes on fingerprints easily, so try your best to work them out without touching them (wish I could provide more on that, but I ever so inelegantly barely wrangled those suckers out).
Vanilla Marshmallows. Puffy and delicious, easy to make, and a great idea for gifts! This is the first time we used gelatin in one of our treats; it had a disconcerting smell but worked beautifully. The mixture transforms while it is whisked from thin and clear with a vanilla tint to voluminous and bright white; I just love seeing ingredients transform – for me, it’s one of the best things about baking! After pouring the mixture into a baking dish sprinkled with powdered sugar and cornstarch and allowed to set, it can be cut. A good tip is to use kitchen shears to separate into pieces; they give a more professional touch than you can achieve with the average knife.
Hot Chocolate Cookie Cups. Not only are these adorable, but they are truly delicious! They are more than the sum of their parts; the other thing that I love to see when baking – simple ingredients coming together into something beautiful and delicious J After baking sugar cookie dough in mini muffin tins, you fill them with chocolate ganache mixed with hot chocolate mix, and top with a marshmallow. The recipe, by the Gunny Sack, called for pretzel “handles” attached with melted white chocolate so they resemble mugs of hot chocolate. They were so cute, and really, really good!
White Chocolate Peppermint Crunch Cookies. Yum! Soft, with a crunch and appropriately minty, the perfect accompaniment to hot chocolate, we have found this cookie to be everything a cookie should be. The special texture is due to the addition of an extra egg yolk and a couple teaspoons of cornstarch. And, the white chocolate chips add the right amount of creaminess 🙂
May this year be one of many blessings for you!
corrie @ Peachie’s Treats