There is nothing quite like a hot cup of cocoa on a cold rainy day. Although it wasn’t all that cold in Houston yesterday, it definitely was a rainy day. That made it the perfect time to whip up some cocoa while we listened to the rain coming down and watched through the windows of our solarium the huge raindrops being whipped up by the wind outside.
This recipe makes a nice rich and creamy cup of hot cocoa – just the perfect touch to comfort you while sitting in front of your roaring fireplace. The egg whites and cream make this a really satisfy ‘comfort’ beverage for a cold day.
RICH AND CREAMY HOT COCOA
4 c Milk
6 T Cocoa powder
1 ¾ Sugar, powdered
1 c Cream
2 Egg whites
1 t Vanilla extract
Place the milk in a pot and bring to a simmer. Mix together the cocoa powder and powdered sugar. Add to the warmed milk and stir until well combined. Let simmer for a few more minutes.
Combine the cream and egg whites in a bowl and whisk until combined. Add the cream/egg white mixture to the simmering chocolate milk while whisking constantly.
Continue to heat until hot, but not boiling.
Serve in preheated (with warm water) ceramic mugs and top off with a dollop of sweetened whipped cream or several miniature marshmallows.