summer, where are you?

The English Thompson in Citron

With this recent cold streak in Seattle, there’s nothing I’d like more than a mug of Mexican hot chocolate and some cozy wool cowls. Can you believe it’s practically summer and I’m wishing for hot beverages and wool? Fun knitted things by Yokoo. lv, molly

The Ultimate Combo In Barley

Mexican Hot Chocolate

Serves four

2/3 cup milk
1 cup heavy whipping cream
4 oz. semisweet chocolate, chopped
1/8 of a vanilla bean
2/3 of a cinnamon stick
1/3 tsp. almond extract

Combine milk, cream, cinnamon sticks and vanilla in a 1 quart stainless steel pot and bring mixture to a boil. Have prepared chocolate in a mixing bowl. Allow the heated liquid to steep (rest off the heat) for 5 minutes; then pour over the top of the chopped chocolate. Stir the chocolate mixture until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth.

Pour the warm mixture through a strainer and it is ready to serve. Serve immediately or refrigerate. To reheat, place chocolate mixture in a 2 quart stainless steel pot on low heat — do not let sit, or it will burn. Stir mixture until warm. Immediately serve and place in 4 oz. portions with a dollop of slightly sweetened, softly whipped cream and a light dusting of cinnamon.

Via NPR.

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