Friday, October 9, 2009
How to make hot chocolate
Go to the market and find someone selling cacao. It is in an actual burlap bag and looks like small stones. Watch him scoop and weigh it and make sure he gives you a little extra instead of a little less. Take it home and roast it, use a comal on a wood fire if you have it, if not a stove and frying pan will do. Roast it about 20 minutes until it looks like good coffee. Let it cool and rub the skins off. Winnow away the remaining chaff. If you don’t feel like going back to the market and having the miller grind it for you, smash it up anyway you can. A rolling pin and cutting board work okay but scatter debris all over the kitchen. Put one big spoon of chocolate grounds and two big spoons of sugar in a mug. Steep in a tiny bit of hot water. Add steamed milk. Amazing flavor. Chew on choco nibs from between your teeth for the rest of the evening.