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30 January 2012 @ 12:12 pm
Drinking Brownies  

Makes: 2 cups

Ok I admit it, I am chocolate addict. I will eat chocolate morning, noon and night given a chance. The darker the better, I like chips and bars over bake goods because they are invariably too sweet for me. Same goes for truffles and such. 

In fact if I had planned a bit better, I have been here weekend before last. Maybe next year. No, definitely next year. A whole weekend dedicated to chocolate and it benefits the World Forestry Center is a good thing. I got to schedule my downtime better. Sigh

This is my recipe for extra, extra dark hot chocolate and was inspired by an order of drinking chocolate I treated myself to last Fall. Drinking chocolate is what hot coco wants to be when it grows up. It is thicker and richer in flavor and utterly fantastic. It is also 5 bucks a pop which is not very frugal.

100% cacao bars should be readily available in the baking section of your local Mega mart. Ghirardelli’s seems to be everywhere and have a deep dark flavor profile. I have also found 100% chocolate bars at Cost Plus World Market under their house brand for about $2. These are a bit sweeter and fruitier, but just as tasty.  As always when in doubt ask your grocer.

¼ c H2O
¼ of a 100% dark chocolate bar (about 1oz)

4 tsp coco powder
½ tsp cinnamon
a pinch of cayenne or chili powder (optional)
3 T honey
2 c milk
2 T half-n-half or heavy cream

Small Saucepan
Measuring Cups & Spoons
2 Ceramic Mugs

  • Combine the first 3 ingredients in a small sauce pan over medium low heat and whisk until well blended.
  • Add the spices and honey to the chocolate.
  • Stir in the dairy and put the heat down to low.
  • Bring mixture up a bare simmer.
  • Serve in warmed ceramic mugs.
  • If desired add a sprinkle of cinnamon or chili powder before drinking.

FF Tip: Charge… your Cup, that is

Here is an easy way to make your all your hot beverages seem more posh. While brewing, fill your mug with boiling water and set aside. When the hot beverage of your choice is ready, dump the water and pour as usual. This trick works equally well on ceramic and steel and is exactly what your favorite barista does. Oh an’ if boiling water is too much trouble before your Morning Joe, take a hint from the British and purchase an electric kettle. Our kettle is well over 10 years old and would cost about $30 to replace. That is an affordable luxury.

Frugally yours-