Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Foggy

....the fog is rising
Emily Dickinson

Winter in the Central Valley where I live means fog, lots and lots of tulle fog that chills you and clings. It usually arrives around the holiday time. It can make for great pictures, but it makes you pull out the warm sweaters, search out hot drinks and cozy fires.

Barcelona Hot Chocolate

Ingredients

2/3 cup boiling water
2 ounces good-quality dark or bittersweet (60 to 70 percent cocoa) chocolate, finely chopped
1 1/3 cups 1% low-fat milk
1 cup brewed espresso or strong coffee
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 2-inch piece orange rind strip
1/4 cup frozen fat-free whipped topping, thawed
Cocoa powder (optional)

Preparation
Combine 2/3 cup boiling water and chopped chocolate in a medium saucepan, stirring until chocolate melts. Add milk and next 4 ingredients (through rind); cook over medium-low heat, stirring with a whisk. Heat 5 minutes or until tiny bubbles form around edge of pan, stirring frequently (do not boil). Discard rind. Pour 1 cup mixture into each of 4 mugs. Spoon 1 tablespoon whipped topping over each serving. Dust with cocoa powder, if desired.

Yield: 4 servings

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