Ever since Thanksgiving, my life has been a whirlwind. It's been crazy at work and even at home it feels like it's been nuts. It's just that typical time in between Thanksgiving and the holidays - one of my favorite times of the year but oh so busy. AND what makes it even busier is that on Wednesday Pat and I are going to MEXICO!!! I'm so so excited. I've been wanting to go to Tulum forever and it's finally coming. We're looking forward to eating amazing food, drinking fruity drinks, exploring some ruins and a swimming hole, and SITTING ON THE BEACH DOING NOTHING. Yes - I cannot wait to be free of email for 5 days of bliss.
But before we go, I am leaving you with this *amazingly* indulgent recipe for Cardamom Hot Chocolate that is made with coconut milk. It's super flavorful and chocolate-y. One of my favorite things growing up was coming inside from a cold, snowy day and drinking a warm cup of hot cocoa, preferably topped with as many marshmallows as possible. The snow may not be in NYC yet, but over the weekend I was craving something chocolate and when I saw cardamom pods at the Middle Eastern market near my apartment I immediately wanted to make hot chocolate. There's nothing better and more nostalgic for me! The recipe is super easy and there are only 5 ingredients (less if you don't use whipped cream).
In a heavy bottom medium pan, heat up coconut milk, cardamom pods, and cocoa powder. Once simmering, add in the melted dark chocolate and whisk together so it is smooth. Keep simmering until hot. You'll be able to smell the cardamom pods when it is ready!
Strain out cardamom pods and any chunks of chocolate. Serve topped with whipped cream and marshmallows.
Cardamom Hot Chocolate
- 5 cups unsweetened coconut milk
- 5 oz. dark chocolate, melted
- 3 tablespoons dark cocoa powder
- 6 cardamom pods, crushed with flat edge of a knife
- whipped cream