Coconut Tres Leches Hot Chocolate
By DK on Jan 15, 2013
Very cold evenings, darkening skies as early as 5:00 pm, sniffling noses and gloomy rooms artificially brightened to keep up one's spirits are the norm currently. Thank you Winter :). Except for the sniffling part, I have always been a winter girl. No, make it rain lover first, winter next. Simply said, anything apart from hot, humid and bright is totally my thing. I tend to be more "gloomy" during the summer than in winter. Winter and rain exhilarate me. Not to sound presumptuous, I truly can be the best thing to be around with during such months :)
But, something happened that has threatened to change the very foundation of my being. Who knew that even I would long for summer, where days are bright and warm. When the sound of pitter-patter would involuntary bring out a "Oh noooo!" instead of the familiar "Yayyyyyyyy!". Like my husband says -"Oh well, now I believe in miracles!". All it took for such a marvel to happen was the advent of our little one. Keeping him inside the house is the worst punishment I can think for anyone - even my most hated enemy (not that I have one). And rain and winter means exactly that, so summer people count me in:)
I have at times early morning meetings like at 7:00 am (yeah, don't ask!). Getting up early is not the problem but leaving the house when its all dark, trying to heat up that cold car and drive with a grizzly bear jacket is not fun especially when you know that both the husband and little one are all snuggled up in bed, sleeping. That bugs me esp. since that's the best part of winter for me. One such morning when I was parking my car, I heard two women talking about Hot chocolate in front of me. That made me crave for it so bad, that I couldn't wait to get back home and help myself to some. This recipe from BHG site was a life saver then and has become a favorite with a delicious rich chocolatey flavor. Extremely simple, quick to put together and it tastes like heaven. I tend to enjoy it the best when I am wrapped up in my comforter watching a mushy movie. Bliss!
adapted minimally from better home and garden's recipe
Prep Time: Under 15 min
Cook Time: Under 15 min
Serves: 3 people
Yield: Makes 2.5 cups (600 ml)
- 1-1/2 cups low fat Milk. see Tips
- 2/3 cup Unsweetened Lite Coconut Milk
- 1/3 cup Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 1 tbsp unsweetened Cocoa powder
- 1/4 tsp Vanilla
- Sweetened whipped cream (optional)
- Chocolate shavings (optional)
Tips1. Whole Milk: I have switched from using low fat/skim milk to using full fat Whole Milk after reading various contradictory reports on using the former. To lower the fat intake, I simply replace some of the required qty of milk with water. So in this recipe, I used 1 cup whole milk and 1/2 cup water.
In a saucepan combine the milk (see Tip 1) , coconut milk and sweetened condensed milk.
Bring to a simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally.
Whisk in cocoa powder
Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
Serve hot topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings, if using. You don't taste the coconut as such, more like just a hint. If you want a more coconut flavor, I would suggest reducing the amount of milk and increase the coconut milk.
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