Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Instant Cocoa, 3 different recipes to choose from!

I am sorry I've not posted in a while. I've just been very busy. I hope to get back on track regularly posting recipes. Thanks for sticking with me.

Cocoa (I got this from a friend on the Sonlight forum I frequent)

2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup cocoa (Dutch-process preferred)
2 1/2 cups powdered milk
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 pinch cayenne pepper, or more to taste
hot water

Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl and incorporate evenly.
Fill your mug 1/3 full with the mixture and pour in hot water. Stir to combine. Seal the rest in an airtight container, keeps indefinitely in the pantry. This also works great with warm milk.
Hot Cocoa Mix (again,I got this from a frined on the Sonlight forum I frequent)
(serves 18)

1 1/2 c unsweetened cocoa
1 1/4 c sugar
6 oz semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped (or use choco chips like I did)
1/4 t salt

Whiz all in a food processor until almost smooth. Store in a tightly sealed container for up to 6 months. Makes 3 1/2 c.

Variations: Add to base recipe before running food processor
Mocha: 1/3 c instant coffee granules (or powdered coffee)
Mexican Spice: 2 t ground cinnamon and 1/4 t cayenne
Vanilla: 1/2 vanilla bean (pod and seeds)

Directions for making cocoa:
Put 3 T in a cup. Add 1 c milk. Cook on HIGH for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes in your microwave.
Or, put desired amount of milk into a pan (1 c per serving), heat to nearly scalding, stir in cocoa mix (3 T per serving) and whisk until smooth, pour into mugs.

Bulk cocoa mix from Hillbilly Housewife

4 cups instant nonfat dry milk powder
1-1/2 to 2 cups sugar
1 cup powdered non-dairy creamer (coffee lightener like Creamora)
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 package of instant store-bought chocolate OR vanilla pudding mix (optional, but very good)
Measure all of the ingredients into a dry clean bowl. Use a whisk to sort of stir everything together. If the cocoa clumps up, smash the little balls with a fork. When everything is evenly distributed, transfer the Hot Cocoa Mix to a clean coffee can, or a sealed canister. Use 2 cups of sugar if you are making this for kids. The extra sweetness makes it especially kid-friendly. For grown-ups you could add 1/4 cup of instant coffee for a nice mocha flavor.

To Prepare: Spoon 1/3 cup of the hot cocoa mix into a cup or mug. Add boiling water to the top, stir and serve.

Enjoy these! I've enjoyed trying all three of them...yum! By far, my favorite is the last recipe...I think it is the pudding in it that makes it so good! I also really liked the second recipe, the chocolate chips in it is a nice treat! The first one is good but it isn't as sweet as I like my cocoa.