We’ve officially reached the most dreadful part of the winter – when the snow, freezing rain, and bitter cold have gotten to us. When we are desperately craving spring (or at least some more hours of sunshine), but know it’s still a long way away. Like many people, I hibernate in the wintertime. I lose motivation to go places, even the gym. I know they say summer bodies are made in the winter, but I can’t help but want to stay warm and cozy inside, and eat all the comfort food!
It’s been a long time since I’ve shared a recipe on my blog. It’s something I truly enjoy doing, but haven’t always had time for – especially with a busy travel schedule. Since I’m making some important changes and getting better organized this year, I’m happy to announce that I’ll be sharing recipes a lot more regularly. So, make sure to check back often, if you’re not already following me on Instagram.
Today, I want to share my take on a couple classic recipes involving chocolate. A few weeks ago, I was working with Green & Black’s to create some content, and I decided to prepare and photograph these two recipes. I was so pleased with how they turned out, so I wanted to share with you all too!
Both Hot Chocolate on a Stick and Chocolate Pots de Crème are super easy to make. Mind you, this is coming from someone who doesn’t really bake and doesn’t prepare many desserts (but knows a good dessert when she sees one!). These are the type of recipes that you can whip up quickly and then keep in the fridge to continue to enjoy throughout the week. They’re also perfect for entertaining, as they can be made in advance.
Hot Chocolate on a Stick
Hot Chocolate on a Stick is a fun and interactive way to make hot chocolate. I was originally introduced to it by my friend, Mel, who did this at her last holiday party. She picked this idea up from her recent travels to Belgium. And now, I’m passing the inspiration onto you! I mean…what’s not to love about dissolving a chocolate lollipop into a hot glass of milk to create a warm, indulgent hot chocolate? Is your mouth watering yet?
You can make hot chocolate on a stick with white chocolate, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, or a mix of dark and milk chocolate. It really depends on your personal preference, so feel free to experiment! The key is to use a good quality chocolate and to get your hands on a good silicone mould. Here is the recipe.
Chocolate Pots de Crème
The Pot de Crème originated in France in the 17th century, and is a dish that is named after the vessel it’s traditionally served in. I don’t actually own any pot de crème cups, so these little glass jars will have to do! What’s more important than what you serve them in is nailing the recipe and the texture. Not a chocolate pudding or a chocolate mousse, a pot de crème is much, much denser. Because of how dense and rich, it’s best to make each individual pot de crème small.
Some recipes call for baking in the oven. But you could much more easily prepare without baking, and you’d be on your way to chocolate heaven a lot faster! Top with homemade whipped cream and chocolate shavings, and you’re good to go.