12/20/12

End of the World Mayan Hot Chocolate

So…it all ends tomorrow at midnight, huh?

I’m not sure I believe the hype, but I’m taking a 48 hour vacation from my diet. You know…just in case.

In honor of the ominous predictions of their big stone calendars, I’m offering up another little something those wacky Mayans left behind for us, one of my all time favorite hot beverages…Mayan Hot Chocolate.

Love this stuff…

Mayan Hot Chocolate
4 cups whole milk
1 cup grated semi-sweet chocolate
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
3 whole cloves, crushed
1 teaspoon cayenne chili powder
1 cinnamon stick, quartered
2 teaspoons vanilla

Heat the milk, stirring, in a double boiler until just steaming, stir in the brown sugar, nutmeg, cloves, cayenne.

Once those have incorporated, slowly stir in the grated chocolate, a tbsp. or so at a time, stirring until completely melted. Add the vanilla and cinnamon.

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Allow to steam, just below a simmer, stirring often for 10-15 minutes.

Carefully strain into cups, through a fine sieve to remove the cloves and cinnamon pieces. Now this next step is optional, but I think it really improves the drink (and it’s a nod to the original bitter, frothy brew that the Mayans drank, before those friendly Europeans showed up and added sugar.) If you have an immersion blender, give the whole mix a quick whip to make it lighter and frothier.

(Frothier…is that a word? Whatever, correct me on Saturday morning.)

If you like a bit more kick, sprinkle the top with a dash more cinnamon and cayenne powder.

Grab a plate of sugar cookies, find a comfy chair, and sit back and enjoy the apocalypse in style!

Oh, and if you’d rather face the end of the world a bit more, shall we say…mellow? The addition of a healthy snort of tequila, added just before serving, would not be completely out of theme.

Enjoy!

-Chef Perry