March 29, 2012

Lavender Hot Chocolate

 
 
On my Paper Dolls post, a lovely comment was left by Summer in the Morning, which is the name of a blog that features the work and inspiration of Kettle Confections. They have an Etsy shop as well, full of sweet treat and candy goodness. Somehow we got to discussing Lavender Hot Chocolate, and I was lucky to score a mini-tutorial, which I intend to try out at the earliest opportunity:
"Lavender hot cocoa is so delicious and easy to make! We simmer the milk with Valrhona cocoa powder and Valrhona chocolate baking discs (can be found in the cheese section of Whole Foods.) We let it heat till all the cocoa bits melt and then add the lavender, which we let simmer for a minute more. Then turn off the heat and allow 5 minutes for the lavender flavors to infuse your hot cocoa, then strain."
I know these guys have to be really serious about their treats, because Valrhona is THE BEST.

These beautiful images of Lavender Hot Chocolate came from A La Mode Journals, and that lovely site gives some handy details as well. The recipe uses 2 cups of whole milk, plus 3 oz of dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), 1 oz of milk chocolate, and 1/4 teaspoon lavender buds. A similar cooking method is used.

I feel like this is the perfect spring drink! When it's still too cold for iced drinks, but with a hint of floral to give brightness to the heaviness of the chocolate...I can't wait to try this!

6 comments:

  1. Oh my, this looks amazing! I love lavender infused sweets, so I'll definitely be trying this.

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  2. Doesn't this look so amazing Miss B?? I actually have food grade lavender buds from the health food store right now!!!

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  3. yummmmmm..... it taunts me, it does.

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  4. I have a friend who always captions any picture of cheese with "GET IN MY BELLY!" -- I think this Hot Chocolate is saying that to you :)

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  5. I LOVE hot chocolate...I'm always cold so its a perfect treat to warm my belly.
    This sounds realty interesting...I love Abueluta chocolate...its a Mexican chocolate that I grew up on.

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  6. Hey Melissa! I think Hot Chocolate is My Favorite Drink, if I had to pick. Ooooh, with a a tie with tea maybe. Abueluta chocolate is wonderful!!! I was given some by my sis-in-law and I still have some left...thanks for reminding me!

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