11.15.2008

pink peppercorn hot chocolate

Photobucket Winter is a time to be cozy, curl-up and cuddle. It becomes exquisitely delicious and enticing with hot chocolate. It should be rich and aromatic, with a lingering thickness which remains on the palate just a second longer than expected. Something to be savoured. It may as well be a tad spicy, but a delicately sweet and subtle spice. A cure for all that ails you; affectionately known as drinkable chocolate goop, but ultimately much more refined. My favourite hot chocolate. pink peppercorn hot chocolate (Serves 1-2) 1/2 cup whole milk 1/2 tsp cornstarch 60g, 70% dark chocolate, shaved or finely chopped 1 tbsp honey 1/2 tsp best quality vanilla extract 1/2 tsp crushed pink peppercorns 1. Pre-heat cups with hot water, to help the hot chocolate remain hot. 2. In a small saucepan, bring the milk and cornstarch to a simmer over medium-low heat. 3. Lower the heat, and whisk in the chocolate, honey, vanilla and peppercorns, until velvety smooth. 4. Empty the water from the cups, and dry. 5. Pour the hot chocolate into cups, and garnish with additional whole peppercorns, or whipped cream. Enjoy!

17 comments:

Krista said...

That looks decadent! YUM!

HoneyB said...

Looks rich and delish!

gail said...

Yep - decadent and rich! Really do try it, the peppercorns are not overpowering :)

Bentoist said...

How pretty! with pink peppercorns too. I will try it sometime.

Zesty Cook said...

This indeed does look very yummy!

Gera said...

Hi Gail!

How could anybody not like a subtle spicy hot chocolate? It's gorgeous looking :)

BaL said...

In hometown of cocoa... where Azteks were living... The native Aztek people were drinking hot chocolate spiced up with chilli. Yours seems a charming variation of it! Yummy!

Daily Spud said...

That looks and sounds divine and, guess what, I have some pink peppercorns in the cupboard, so....

Jo said...

Wow this looks delicious.

Jan said...

A fantastic picture! Looks really yummy.

EastVillageKitchen said...

mmmmmm.... this looks decadent.

Peppercorn Press said...

This looks delicious and wonderful. I love the contrast of the dark chocolate with the hot pink peppercorns. Beautiful - I will definitely try.

Candice said...

That looks delicious!

FoodJunkie said...

What a great idea! I love pink pepercorns, I even chew them on their own. Their leony taste will give the chocolate a nice zing. I once had a chocolate bar with pink pepercorns which was amazing, so I wuess it is a well-established combination!

CarolinaBlonde said...

thanks for the buzz! It is a chilly night tonight - this sounds like a perfect hot toddie to warm up to with a fire and a steamy novel. Alone!

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Sophie said...

What a unique hot chocolate recipe :). It looks like the perfect consistency, and those peppercorns give it a festive and elegant touch! I'd like to share your recipe with our readers, please let me know if you're interested :).

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Romeo said...

I am sure this is delicious. I am going to make it for guests during the holidays and for that special lady in my life...

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