Friday, January 20, 2012

peanut butter hot chocolate

image and recipe from Dolcetto Confections

Tried this recipe out the other day. A perfect cure to gloomy day blues. Seriously so good. I substituted the milk chocolate for a teaspoon of instant chocolate powder and it still turned out yum. Left out the whipped cream because I was feeling lazy but I'm sure it would have been positively dreamy. 

happy weekending to you! AND happy Chinese new year early!

Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate
adapted from Martha Stewart Living, February 2011
active time 5 minutes
total time 10 minutes
makes 4 servings

This recipe is the perfect cure for the winter blues - not only a vessel of warm, thick liquid, but also boasting the irresistible combination of chocolate and peanut butter. I replace the whole milk and cream with skim milk, allowing the richness of the chocolate and the peanut butter to ring through. This substitution also provides the perfect recovery drink for runners returning from a long, cold winter run.

2 cups skim milk
1½ ounces bittersweet chocolate
1½ ounces milk chocolate
3 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
Heavy cream, whipped to soft peaks, for serving

Preparation Instructions
In a medium saucepan over low heat, warm milk until it just begins to simmer and bubbles form around the edge of the pan. Whisk in chocolates and peanut butter until melted and smooth. Cover and continue warming over low heat until warm. For a thicker cup of cocoa, simmer hot chocolate uncovered until desired thickness is achieved. Ladle hot chocolate into individual mugs and top a dollop of whipped cream.

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