Shari’s Berries sent me some delicious treats. It would have been perfect if we were having guests over. There were three (!!!) mini cheesecakes and twelve chocolate covered strawberries. Since it’s just the two of us, we decided to make a date night (at home) out of the dessert and devour them ourselves. Champagne would be a romantic drink to mix with cheesecake, chocolate and strawberries. However, we won’t be popping any bottles of champagne for at least another four months. I decided to make a hot chocolate instead. My husband got his with a splash of amaretto.
This hot chocolate is so thick and rich you can actually serve 4 in smaller tea cups instead of coffee mugs. The spices add a nice fall or winter flavor to the drink.
I actually made this with rice milk but the process with any other milk would be the same. You don’t want a rapid boil. You want the chocolate to slowly melt and allow the spices to combine. Also a rapid boil could possible make the milk, especially real milk, boil over and burn. Not tasty.
As tomorrow is Thanksgiving, I wanted to give thanks to all that follow this blog. I appreciate your support and hope you have a delicious holiday!
Stemilt Growers sent me a complimentary box of their seasonal fruit. I’ve been craving fruit throughout my pregnancy so I was happy to accept these delicious pears. As soon as I opened the box, my kitchen filled with the smell of ripe pears. To be honest, they were some of the sweetest pears I’ve ever had. I don’t know how they do it but I find pears can be temperamental. It’s hard to get them to taste just right. I find that every time I get them in the grocery store they end up flavorless and/or mealy. I could have just sat down on the couch and pounded all twelve pears but I restrained myself. I saved them for a few desserts. This dessert is seriously good. They’re both sophisticated and easy.
I started with sweet and juicy Bosc pears so the poaching liquid was ‘gilding the lily.’ My husband and I ended up eating both the pears while standing up at the counter. Our intentions were to bring them to the dinner table and eat them like civilized people but we didn’t even make it. I probably would have stabbed him with my utensil if he had tried to steal a spoonful of my pear.
You’ll only need a few spoonful’s of the syrup. It’s almost too sweet to serve a large amount but the liquid creates the most delicious pears.