The weather forecasters are all saying if we have two more inches of snowfall that Minnesota will have the snowiest December on record. Okay. Let’s clarify this records thing. The weather records run for 30 years. Then in 2011 there is a reset and the records start all over again. Why that is, there is no explanation, but there is your factoid for the month of December. Believe me, at this point, no one is going to know the difference if two more inches fall. The number of inches is around 50. At least we are not at 71 inches like Syracuse, New York is. Give it time. There’s more snow expected. Take heart, this is cocoa weather! Easy to make and yummy for the tummy on a cold winter’s day. I heard that Atlanta may get snow today. They haven’t had snow in 100 years. (You can tell I live in Minnesota because weather is a main topic of conversation. It’s farm country and everything depends on the weather.)
By: JEANIE BEAN retrieved from All Recipes online December 24, 2010 http://allrecipes.com//Recipe/creamy-hot-cocoa/Detail.aspx
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3/4 cup white sugar
- 1 pinch salt
- 1/3 cup boiling water
- 3 1/2 cups milk
- 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup half-and-half cream
- Combine the cocoa, sugar and pinch of salt in a saucepan. Blend in the boiling water. Bring this mixture to an easy boil while you stir. Simmer and stir for about 2 minutes. Watch that it doesn’t scorch. Stir in 3 1/2 cups of milk and heat until very hot, but do not boil! Remove from heat and add vanilla. Divide between 4 mugs. Add the cream to the mugs of cocoa to cool it to drinking temperature.
As an alternative for white sugar, I use light brown sugar and no vanilla.
Stay warm. Happy Holidays!