12.07.2008

rosiest hot chocolate

It's a bit of an optical illusion, what you see is not only what you get. It's a bit unexpected. Photobucket Finally, it is snowing outside today, and it's snowing furiously. Oh no, not just a couple flakes, but as if St. Nick himself was on the way this very night. It could be quite perfect, except that I fear I must stave off every attempt to become too festive. I am certain that I could go full force, with holiday spices, herbs, and dishes, especially baking, up until Santa's reindeer are prancing upon the roof, then I will be finished. And then how would I stay up all night, to greet the man in the red suit when he comes down the chimney? But I am in a wintery mood, and do need hot chocolate to keep warm. How else will I get through without something to subdue my anticipation? Rose hot chocolate. It's like the perfect drink for delicate palates. Nothing too heavy or overwhelmingly rich. It's lovely, and incredibly simple to make to warm up those rosy noses and cheeks. The hardest part might be sourcing rose water, which is often available at Middle Eastern specialty shops, but is often readily available in many chain grocery stores as well. I chopped 70% dark chocolate with a knife. It doesn't have to be perfect, just easily meltable. Photobucket Rosiest Hot Chocolate (serves 1-2) 1/2 cup whole milk 2 slightly heaping tablespoons chopped dark chocolate (70%) 1 tsp agave nectar 1 tsp rose water 1. In a small saucepan on medium-low heat, warm the milk until steaming, and little bubbles have formed around the perimeter. 2. Whisk in the chocolate, and combine until evenly melted. 3. Add in the agave nectar. 4. Remove from heat, and add the rose water. Serve immediately.

27 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

TONS of snow here as well - it's a bit frightening!!

WOWZA that hot chocolate looks decadent - love it!!

Peppercorn Press said...

Very interesting and unexpected. I never thought of rose and chocolate together. I have never been a "rose" person - but this is very tempting and sounds alluring.

gail said...

Peppercorn Press - yes, I thought of it because I had the rose water on hand, but wasn't sure about it. It is very unique - but delicious!

HoneyB said...

Sounds wonderful! It was snowing furiously up at home too but I drove out of it down to Albany today!

gail said...

nice work on the escape HoneyB! Even if temporary! :)

Heidi / Savory Tv said...

It sounds wonderful! Winter is such a great excuse to indulge, and I now have a reason to buy more Lindt dark chocolate!

Michael Natkin said...

Sounds like a winner! I love rosewater.

MyF said...

The hot chocolate looks so delicious! Even when it's warm here in Malaysia! :-)
You have very pretty pictures :-)

superfinefeline said...

Ooh! I'd love to hug a warm mug of that hot chocolate & slowly savour every sip!

Vanessa said...

Gail, as said- you're the hot chocolate master!!

Olga said...

Hot chocolate sounds perfect right now. There is no snow here, but it's 26 degrees....brrr

Jessie said...

Oh yum. This looks great! And I'm with you. We got our first snow here in Boston this past weekend, and I almost lost my mind I was so excited. :D

+Jessie
a.k.a. The Hungry Mouse

Cheryl A said...

Interesting combo... I'm not a fan of rose water, but I do have orange blossom water on hand. Hot chocolate here I come!
PS I can't believe how pretty it is outside!

Gera said...

Hi Gail!

Absolutely magnificent and scrumptious idea for winter…but I'm in spring, after cooled, this is great for summer days too!

Gera .:. sweetsfoods

Veronica said...

yum! I just made some hot chocolate with some leftover bits of chocolate in my cupboards.

We have a ton of snow as well. Boo!

lillizzy said...

Your pictures are breath taking! What type of camera do you have?

gail said...

lillizzy - thanks! I have a canon rebel xt, but am likely going to get the new mark2, so it's better for low light. we'll see!

Global Patriot said...

This is the way chocolate should be enjoyed, rich, complex and sensuous.

imadedinner said...

That looks unbelievably delicious!

Shaheen said...

I love the photo of the roughly chopped chocolate. I can't get my eyes off it!

Heather said...

mmmm. i love the rosewater! lovely addition! it's not snowing here at all - i am so sad :( i'm dying for snow!

Maya said...

It has been raining here for the past few days in NY and I was just thinking about a mug of steaming hot chocolate. Interesting twist with the addition of rose water.

Sanctified Spaces said...

Wow, I want to have some of that now!!

Natasha said...

Winter evenings in Minnesota call for nothing else but a bowl of hot soup or a cup of delicious hot chocolate. Yours looks delicious, so rich and chocolaty! I must try!

Bread and Jam said...

This sounds magical! I l can't wait to try it!

Ann said...

OMG! It is soo temting :) I love the combo of rose n choc!

Alina said...

Awww this sounds SO good!! But I don't think you can buy rose water or agave nectar here in Latvia :-/ do you think these can be found online?..

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