9.1.12

{table for two : lavender hot chocolate}

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. . . lately, the weather pefectly balmy, by january standards, but every once in a while, a chilly night, and so, just in case: a little mix of winter and spring : decadent hot chocolate with a dash of lavender . . .



l a v e n d e r h o t c h o c o l a t e

Since lavender is quite fragrant, adjust amount according to preference. For a creamier hot chocolate, a 1 to 1 ratio of dark to milk chocolate can be used. Makes 2 servings.

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{hot chocolate:}

2 cups whole milk
3 ounces dark chocolate (70% cacao)
1 ounce milk chocolate
1/4 teaspoon lavender buds

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{whipped cream:}

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.

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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.

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* pure vegetarian by laksmi, finland
* fererro roche cupcakes
* watermelon, salt & chili granita
* campari citrus sorbet
* call me cupcake
* le petit déjeuner
* meringue-encased lemon cakes
* home-made baguettes
* crab bruschetta




[recipe & photography by à la mode
; see also : this beautiful round-up of hot chocolate, including maple, vanilla rose, espresso and caramel marshmallows]

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18 Comments:

Blogger Atelier Buffo said...

mmm...!!!

January 09, 2012  
Blogger Spiral Style said...

Love the idea of lavender in hot chocolate and MUST try. Thanks for this post.

January 09, 2012  
Blogger Arstcrylique said...

Super nice idea! I'm gonna try it for sure.

Sara Ottavia C.

January 09, 2012  
Blogger Sue said...

Mmmm, sounds heavenly! I'll have to try it!
Sue x

January 09, 2012  
Anonymous meenal@maison marigold said...

If it tastes even half as good as it looks..it would be sinfully delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe..have a lovely day! xx meenal

January 09, 2012  
OpenID thenauticalwheeler said...

mmm lavender hot cocoa sounds amazing!! will definitely have to try! From Brooklyn with love ~jen

January 09, 2012  
Blogger Rebecca said...

Looks delicious!

January 09, 2012  
Anonymous jacquelyn | lark&linen said...

I've had the first photo pinned for some time but have never seen the others! I will definitely have to make this in the near future

January 09, 2012  
Blogger Belle Maison Et Moi said...

What a deliciously elegant way to prepare hot chocolate!

January 09, 2012  
Anonymous Stephanie Niko said...

I'm so in love with lavender dark chocolate. I need to try this lavender hot chocolate! What a sophisticated take on a childhood classic!

January 09, 2012  
Blogger Cara {An Urban Cottage} said...

Love, love how pretty it looks with lavendar ...

January 09, 2012  
Anonymous Paige said...

That sounds perfect! Could you do a drink with a rose flavor, like with rose syrup? I love my rose syrup but I'm lacking inspiration on how to use it.

January 09, 2012  
Blogger Mary Anne said...

I have just discovered your blog today and how lucky for me! It is fabulous. I am on holiday in the Caribbean and have lots of free time to explore. LOVE LOVE LOVE your posts. A new year to add new people to my side bar and I want you to be one of them! Can't wait to read more"

January 09, 2012  
Anonymous sarah @ two tarts said...

I'm intrigued!! This sounds really interesting and delicious. I made lavender lemonade this summer (http://www.two-tarts.com/2011/05/honey-lavender-lemonade.html) which was delicious, but I hadn't thought of trying it with chocolate...

January 09, 2012  
Anonymous Rebecca @ white-styled said...

The first birthday cake I made my husband was chocolate with lavender sprinkled on top :)

January 11, 2012  
Anonymous alt916 said...

Two of my favorite things! Thank goodness I don't live far from lavender fields.... *happy sigh*

January 13, 2012  
OpenID ourhomescool.com said...

I have so much lavender, can't wait to try this...YUM!!

March 07, 2012  
OpenID kitchenani said...

Can't say I wasn't inspired by this for my macaron post!

April 11, 2012  

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