Cinnamon Spiced Hot Chocolate
Recipe by Dragon
Real hot chocolate is a beautiful thing and something everyone should enjoy over the holidays and all winter long. I love this spiced version because cinnamon and chocolate are a wonderful combination. Enjoy!
3 cups whole milk
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup table cream (18%) or heavy cream (35%)
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 oz shot of espresso or strong coffee
1 tablespoon vanilla
pinch of salt
4 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped (if you want it extra sweet, use semisweet chocolate)
1 cinnamon stick
Garnish: whipped cream and/or cinnamon sticks
1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, whisk together milk, brown sugar and cream until mixture begins to simmer.
2. Reduce the heat to medium-low and whisk in cocoa powder until it is incorporated. Add espresso, vanilla, salt, chocolate, and cinnamon and stir until chocolate is melted and smooth. Strain through a fine sieve and serve hot. This can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator. Just reheat before serving.