I had a little welcoming party for my baby girl on the weekend and made chocolate chip cookies and homemade hot chocolate for my guests. The cookie recipe was simply the Chipits recipe from the back of the package and the hot cocoa was from C.I. cookbook. Both turned out great! Some recipes call for good quality chocolate to be melted in milk but this recipe calls for sugar, water and cocoa to be cooked together in a saucepan and then you add your milk. This adds up to a less expensive and more figure friendly mug. I got a couple of compliments on the cocoa and I will definitely make it again.
Hot Chocolate (4 small mugs)
In a heavy 2-quart saucepan, whisk together until smooth:
6 Tbs Dutch-process cocoa (When dutched, chocolate’s natural acidity is reduced by means of treatment with an alkaline solution.)
4 Tbs. sugar
Small pinch salt
1 cup water
Simmer, whisking continuously, for 2 minutes, making sure whisk gets into the edges of pan. Add:
3 cups low-fat milk (1 or 2 percent)
Increase heat to medium-low, and cook, stirring occasionally with whisk, until steam rises from surface and tiny bubbles form around edge, 12 to 15 minutes. Do not boil. Add:
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup half-and-half
Simmer again and serve.