Creamy Hot Cocoa, Yummy Warm

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This is the season when it gets very cold and at this time of the year there is nothing better to warm up your insides like a hot drink.

Try the Creamy Hot Cocoa on a chilly night to heat things up!

To make the creamy hot cocoa you will need 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, ¾ cup white sugar, 1 pinch salt, 1/3 cup boiling hot water, 3 ½ cups milk, ¾ teaspoon vanilla extract, and ½ cup half-and-half cream.

To prepare, first combine the cocoa, sugar, and a pinch of salt, in a saucepan. Blend in the boiling water and bring this mixture to a boil continuing to stir as it boils. Simmer and stir for about 2 minutes and make sure that it doesn’t scorch.

Add the 3 ½ cups of milk and heat until it is very hot but do not boil.

Remove the mixture from the heat and add the vanilla extract. Divide into several mugs and add the cream to each mug of cocoa to allow to cool to drinking temperature.

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Tiramisu, tasty coffee cake

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Tiramisu… (read here other news) aah…what a guilty pleasure. This coffee and brandy flavoured cake has been winning hearts for generations.

To make, you need 6 large egg yolks, 3/4 cup sugar, 3/4 cup whole milk, 4 8-ounce mascarpone cheese,1 1/2 cups espresso, at room temperature, 1/2 cup brandy, 30 to 32 crispItalian ladyfingers, 1/4 cup cocoa powder, and bittersweet chocolate.

First line an 8-inch-square baking dish with plastic wrap. Leave a 3-inch overhang on all sides and fill a large bowl with ice water.

To make the custard whisk the egg yolks and sugar in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of barely simmering water until the sugar dissolves. Be careful not to let the bowl touch the water. Slowly whisk in the milk and cook, whisking constantly, until the custard is light and foamy.

Remove the bowl from the saucepanand set in the bowl of ice water. Whish until the custard is cool for a minute. Place the mascarpone in a large bowl and fold in the custard with a rubber spatula until almost combined; whisk until just smooth.

Combine espresso and brandy and singly dip the ladyfingers until soaked but not soggy. Arrange 2 rows of about 5 biscuits each in the baking dish and spread 1/3 of the mascarpone custard over the ladyfingers. Repeat with a second layer while arranging in the opposite direction. Top with another 1/3 of custard. Repeat and dust with cocoa powder. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 4 hours.

Invert a plate on top of the tiramisu. Flip the tiramisu with the plate. Remove baking dish and plastic wrap. Invert a serving plate on top and flip again so cocoa-side id up. Shave curls of on top. 

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