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9.1.12

{table for two : lavender hot chocolate}

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. . . lately, the weather pefectly balmy, by january standards, but every once in a while, a chilly night, and so, just in case: a little mix of winter and spring : decadent hot chocolate with a dash of lavender . . .



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Since lavender is quite fragrant, adjust amount according to preference. For a creamier hot chocolate, a 1 to 1 ratio of dark to milk chocolate can be used. Makes 2 servings.

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{hot chocolate:}

2 cups whole milk
3 ounces dark chocolate (70% cacao)
1 ounce milk chocolate
1/4 teaspoon lavender buds

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{whipped cream:}

1/2 cup cold heavy whipping cream
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract or seeds from 1/4 of a whole vanilla bean pod
1/2 tablespoon granulated white sugar

For whipped cream, place cold cream, vanilla, and sugar into a cold mixing bowl. Beat the mixture with a whisk or mixer until stiff peaks form. Keep refrigerated until ready for use.

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For hot chocolate, heat milk and lavender over medium heat, whisking occasionally until the milk begins to simmer. Remove from heat and let lavender steep for 5 minutes. Strain lavender and return milk to saucepan. Over medium heat, add chocolate and mix until chocolate is melted and incorporated. Whisk milk mixture for 10-20 seconds until frothy. Pour into mugs or bowls and serve with a dollop of whipped cream.

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* pure vegetarian by laksmi, finland
* fererro roche cupcakes
* watermelon, salt & chili granita
* campari citrus sorbet
* call me cupcake
* le petit déjeuner
* meringue-encased lemon cakes
* home-made baguettes
* crab bruschetta




[recipe & photography by à la mode
; see also : this beautiful round-up of hot chocolate, including maple, vanilla rose, espresso and caramel marshmallows]

18 | notes :

Atelier Buffo [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

mmm...!!!

Spiral Style [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Love the idea of lavender in hot chocolate and MUST try. Thanks for this post.

Arstcrylique [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Super nice idea! I'm gonna try it for sure.

Sara Ottavia C.

Sue [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Mmmm, sounds heavenly! I'll have to try it!
Sue x

meenal@maison marigold [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

If it tastes even half as good as it looks..it would be sinfully delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe..have a lovely day! xx meenal

thenauticalwheeler [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

mmm lavender hot cocoa sounds amazing!! will definitely have to try! From Brooklyn with love ~jen

Rebecca [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Looks delicious!

jacquelyn | lark&linen [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

I've had the first photo pinned for some time but have never seen the others! I will definitely have to make this in the near future

Belle Maison Et Moi [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

What a deliciously elegant way to prepare hot chocolate!

Stephanie Niko [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

I'm so in love with lavender dark chocolate. I need to try this lavender hot chocolate! What a sophisticated take on a childhood classic!

Cara {An Urban Cottage} [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Love, love how pretty it looks with lavendar ...

Paige [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

That sounds perfect! Could you do a drink with a rose flavor, like with rose syrup? I love my rose syrup but I'm lacking inspiration on how to use it.

Mary Anne [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

I have just discovered your blog today and how lucky for me! It is fabulous. I am on holiday in the Caribbean and have lots of free time to explore. LOVE LOVE LOVE your posts. A new year to add new people to my side bar and I want you to be one of them! Can't wait to read more"

sarah @ two tarts [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

I'm intrigued!! This sounds really interesting and delicious. I made lavender lemonade this summer (http://www.two-tarts.com/2011/05/honey-lavender-lemonade.html) which was delicious, but I hadn't thought of trying it with chocolate...

Rebecca @ white-styled [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

The first birthday cake I made my husband was chocolate with lavender sprinkled on top :)

alt916 [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Two of my favorite things! Thank goodness I don't live far from lavender fields.... *happy sigh*

ourhomescool.com [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

I have so much lavender, can't wait to try this...YUM!!

kitchenani [Reply] said... Best Blogger Tips [Reply to comment] Best Blogger Templates

Can't say I wasn't inspired by this for my macaron post!

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