I hope everyone had a great New Years Eve and day! My nephews spend a couple of days with us and we loved having them with us! My youngest nephew cracks me up! He definitely keeps me on my toes. On New Years Eve we all went to Medieval Times. It was fun going with the kids and seeing them enjoy it so much. They were just so into the action! New Years Day was pretty quiet. I cooked all morning then we went to my parents to hang out for a while then I came home and watched TV…again nothing accomplished!
The temperatures here have dropped so it is the perfect weather for hot chocolate…with a hint of lavender!
Just look how pretty the lavender looks while it gives the hot chocolate its subtle flavor…
Make sure you top it off with some whipped cream!
The flavor was just sublime. So different from the regular chocolate flavor. I felt so fancy drinking this!
- 2 cups whole milk
- 3 ounces dark chocolate (70% cacao)
- 1 ounce milk chocolate
- 1/4 teaspoon lavender buds
- 1/2 cup cold heavy whipping cream
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract or seeds from 1/4 of a whole vanilla bean pod
- 1/2 tablespoon granulated white sugar
For whipped cream, place cold cream, vanilla, and sugar into a cold mixing bowl. Beat the mixture with a whisk or mixer until stiff peaks form. keep refrigerated until ready for use.
For hot chocolate, heat milk and lavender over medium heat, whisking occasionally until the milk begins to simmer. Remove from heat and let lavender steep for 5 minutes. Strain lavender and return milk to saucepan. Over medium heat, add chocolate and mix until chocolate is melted and incorporated. Whisk milk mixture for 10-20 seconds until frothy. Pour into mugs or bowls and serve with a dollop of whipped cream.
If you want a stronger lavender taste just adjust the amount of lavender that you use.
Recipe from http://www.alamodejournals.com/