Thursday, February 25, 2010

Cardamom Hot Chocolate

Hot Chocolate
While the freezing winter seems that it won't ever pass away, what could be better at breakfast than a cup of spicy flavored hot chocolate?
I found this recipe through experimentation and I advice you to do the same as someone prefers a less sweet flavor, another one a spicier one or a less thick chocolate. So while the quantity of milk and cocoa are pretty mandatory, the other ingredients can be varied according to your own taste.

Ingredients (serves 1 cup)
1¼ cup of milk
2½ tablespoons of cocoa powder
2 tablespoons of raw cane sugar
2 teaspoons wheat starch (or cornstarch)
1 vanilla bean
1 cinammon stick (1-1½ inches long)
4 cardamom seeds
whipped cream

Preparation
Pour the milk in a pan together with the spices and warm it on very low heat for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and eliminate the spices. Using a very thick sieve pour into the cocoa powder and the wheat starch, mixing well so to avoid creating lumps. Add sugar and put again on very low heat until the chocolate will become enough thick. Pour into the cup and serve with a tuft of whipped cream.

(Alessandro Guerani is a professional photographer specialized in food shooting. He lives in Bologna, Italy, and is available for assignments to create the images you always craved. Read the "About me" or contact him using the "Mail me" in the blog menu above.)

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6 commenti :

Sathya - said...

Mmm, I'm sure I'd love a cup of this. Gorgeous photo too.

lostpastremembered said...

Really gorgeous photo and love the idea of adding the cardamom instead of the usual chili and cinnamon... great to have on a rainy day!

Alessandro Guerani said...

@Sathya
Thanks, but you can taste the chocolate also in a common looking cup and it'd be great anyway.

@lostpastremembered
I prefer cardammon than chili if you use milk. Keep in count that italian hot chocolate is pretty thick, while the original maya recipe with chili uses water and is a lot more fluid.

Stella said...

Hi Alessandro. I love your blog, and this hot cocoa sounds particularly wonderful. I always put cinnamon in mine, but I never thought to put cardamon in too.

Katie @ Cozydelicious said...

This looks wonderful! I have been on a huge cardamom kick lately, so this is right up my alley. Especially since it is now snowing (again) and a cup of hot chocollate sounds so good!

Magic of Spice said...

You know it is still chilly enough here by the beach in the evenings to try this...Sounds wonderful!

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