Guys, we’ve got our Christmas tree up, I’ve already eaten once at the Christmas market, and I’ve even ordered a couple of presents already. Who even am I? Normally I leave everything until the last minute and run around in a panic trying to figure out what the hell I’m doing before Christmas morning. Granted, I still have quite a few gifts to figure out, and I haven’t even started thinking about a menu, but I’m currently feeling way ahead of the game.
I’m ready to relax into the season and really enjoy it this year. We’ve got advent calendars, I’m thinking of picking up a bottle of Bailey’s, and the Golden Globe nominations are being announced on Thursday. I’m all set for cozy, quiet days, or should I say nights as we’re only getting about seven hours of daylight at the moment. Thirteen days of work left, then I’m all the way in the Christmas spirit.
To help you get extra cozy this holiday season, I’ve made you some White Hot Chocolate, and it is tasty. We’ve got a whole bar of white chocolate in these two glasses. This is my husband’s favorite hot chocolate as he’s not a dark chocolate fan. It’s delicate and not outrageously sweet.
This is, admittedly more complicated than dumping some powder in a cup, adding boiling water, and stirring, but your still rather minimal effort will be rewarded. We’re mostly just chopping chocolate, heating, and stirring. And while you could skip the whipped cream and sprinkles, I can’t think of why you’d want to. It’s Christmas after all. Even if it’s not, there’s no bad day for sprinkles. And if you wanted to add some Bailey’s, I wouldn’t stop you.
Keep the long dark winter at bay by lighting the fire, bringing a tree into your house, and sipping White Hot Chocolate. It’s gonna be awesome.
White Hot Chocolate is sweet and smooth and so awesome.
- 100 grams white chocolate, chopped
- 1 teaspoon corn flour or corn starch
- 1/4 cup milk powder
- 1-1/2 cups whole milk
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- Whipped cream and sprinkles to top
- Chop your white chocolate relatively finely and pop it in a mixing bowl. Set aside.
- In a small sauce pan, whisk together the corn flour and milk powder to combine. Add the milk slowly, whisking as you go to make sure you don't have any lumps.
- Heat your milk mixture over medium heat, stirring frequently until it just starts to steam. As soon as you see steam, pour the milk over the chopped white chocolate, then walk away for about a minute. By this time, your chocolate will have melted. Whisk all this together until smooth.
- Pour the mixture back into the saucepan and put it back over medium heat for about five minutes until it just starts to bubble around the edges of the pan. It will have thickened slightly as well.
- Divide your hot chocolate between two mugs, top with whipped cream and sprinkles, and drink up while it's still hot.