The advantages of cold weather are great but my longing for warmer days to come are greater.
A few winters ago, my boys tried to convince me that pajamas are the best choice of clothes for winter. They gave me very good arguments to prove their point and to incorporate that idea in our household during the week. I like to listen to my children.
Agreeing with them wasn’t hard at all! “What a great idea! How come didn’t I think about that before?” No amount of heat is enough for me, I am always cold, so I joined them. Since they are both schooled at home I have declared many “Pajama Days” in our house.
Well, everything needs a balance right? Besides, it is embarrassing when the neighbor knocks on our door and we are still on our pajamas, “who are these people that look like they just woke up every time I come here?” Well, to our advantage…we have very good neighbors. Hurray! Keep the pajamas.
As I often look for new recipes to review, I came across this very interesting combination of lavender and dark chocolate. Wow! It sounded so special that I had to try it. When it’s cold and gray outside get some chocolate and lavender, this recipe takes less than 15 minutes to make and you will be transported to a spa in Switzerland. The aroma is incredible!
I liked the “hint” of lavender in my hot chocolate, the flavor was there but I had to make sure that chocolate is the dominant ingredient in this hot beverage. I loved it and hope you do too.
Hot Chocolate Lavender
Adapted from Une deux senses
- 2 cups whole milk
- 3/4 cup dark chocolate (70% cacao)
- 1/3 cup of chocolate milk
- 1/2 tsp. lavender buds
Note: it is important to use a good quality dark chocolate
- 1/2 cup cold heavy whipping cream
- 1/2 tbs sugar
- Heat milk in a sauce pan in medium heat. You want it hot but don’t boil it
- Add lavender buds in the milk (use a tea ball if you have one). Let the lavender steep for 3 minutes or more time if you desire a stronger lavender taste
- Strain lavender and add the chocolate milk. Heat a little longer if necessary
- Add the chocolate. Milk has to be hot enough to melt the chocolate
- Whisk the milk and chocolate for a frothy consistency
- Pour into your desired mug and add the cream
The combination of these two flavors are becoming very popular and you can find the chocolate bars already with lavender in it.
For a richer whip cream, use powder sugar instead of sugar and add a touch of vanilla in it.