The Seven Days of Hot Chocolate: Lemon Hot Chocolate

www.knittedbliss.com: lemon hot chocolate recipe

www.knittedbliss.com: lemon hot chocolate recipe

My charming British husband adores Thornton’s chocolates (which you can only get in the UK), particularly  the Sicilian Lemon ones. I have to agree, they are pretty awesome- yet you seldom see lemon and chocolate together in anything but a box of chocolates. Well, no more!

Ingredients:

3 cups of milk (26 fl. ounces)
60 g dark chocolate
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup sugar
1 tbsp grated lemon zest

Directions: melt the dark chocolate into a saucepan of milk on
medium-low heat. Stir in sugar and vanilla extract. Stir in the lemon zest and let simmer very gently for a few minutes, stirring constantly. Then pour into cups and enjoy!

Notes:
I recommend organic lemons if you are grating zest for anything. Otherwise you’re mostly adding a lot of ‘food grade’ wax to your zest as well. But hey, if organic lemons aren’t handy where you are, you certainly will be just fine with normal lemons. Also, whoever is having the  mug that was poured last may find a fair bit of zest in the bottom of their mug.

Substitutions:

  • use vanilla flavoured soy milk instead of regular milk; omit additional vanilla, reduce the added sugar to about 1/4 cup
  • use 1/3 cup cocoa powder instead of dark chocolate. Not as smooth, but still good!
  • use 1/3 cup of agave nectar if you are avoiding refined sugar

The Seven Days of Hot Chocolate- Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate

If you love peanut butter and chocolate, then this is the one for you!

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www.knittedbliss.com

Ingredients:

3 cups of milk (26 fl. ounces)
60 g dark chocolate
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup peanut butter

Directions: melt the dark chocolate into a saucepan of milk on medium-low heat. Stir in sugar and vanilla extract. Stir in the peanut butter really well; then pour into cups and enjoy!

Substitutions:

  • use vanilla flavoured soy milk instead of regular milk; omit additional vanilla
  • use 1/3 cup cocoa powder instead of dark chocolate. Not as smooth, but still good!
  • use 1/3 cup of agave nectar if you are avoiding refined sugar

Notes: it’s hard to take pictures of hot chocolate in the evening, which is when I made most of these recipes. I totally need a light box which G built out of a recycled cardboard box and I got whipped cream and hot chocolate all over it. A machine washable lightbox.

EDIT: Some have asked about the mugs. I got them from an etsy seller that doesn’t seem to have a shop any more! Her blog can be found here, perhaps you can convo her if you are really interested.

Modification Monday: Plum Frost Stockholm

Original Pattern: Stockholm Scarf

Knitter Extraordinaire: Lea (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Created a matching slouchy hat with stockholm pattern brim, and a stockinette cap.

What Makes This Awesome: Well  I’m already a bit biased on this one (Stockholm Scarf mod, yay!), but I genuinely love the slouchy hat! What a great idea for a matching set – the hat looks amazing with the scarf, and the texture of the brim is lovely and deep. Lea wrote great details on her hat, which can be found on her project page, here.

The Seven Days of Hot Chocolate- Coming Very Soon

I’ve been percolating an idea in the back of my brain since December- creating 7 different, new hot chocolate recipes to help celebrate this chilly season.

But I swear, something must’ve been in the water (or the milk in this case!), because since I started working on it, I’ve seen recipes coming out in the new issue of Martha Stewart, saw a Nutella version on Pinterest…. another on Tastologie…. and there are probably more hiding out there in the great wide interweb! But hey, better late to the party than a no-show. Starting February 1st, I’ll be posting a new hot chocolate recipe that I’ve concocted every day, for seven days. This means that there will be a slight break in Modification Monday (still posting for January 31st, but we’ll be skipping February 7th).

The recipes are meant to be shared, so you’ll find them all making
enough for 2 large mugfuls of chocolatey goodness, or three smaller
ones. I hope you’ll find at least a couple recipes you will want to make!!

Cream and Sugar Cowl

For those of you who read both my blog and Alana’s blog, you’ve probably already seen this:

G and I did photos for Alana’s latest pattern, the Cream and Sugar Cowl. I was so excited when I cracked open the package and saw how beautiful it was! This is cowl heaven- loose, luxurious cables, and a one skein project that is perfect for some treasured sock yarn you’ve got squirrelled away in your stash.

I’ve got the perfect skein of yarn already picked out for this pretty little thing. And how perfect would this cowl be for gift knitting?!