19 December, 2010

White weekend, hot and cold



Hot white chocolate with gingerbread marshmallows
Hot white chocolate with gingerbread marshmallows
 This last weekend before Christmas is all white and very cold, who knows if it's going to be like this on Christmas as well.
Whatever, the fact is that I'm stuck at home. The little one's got bronchitis, and she can't go out. And me (us)? - me and my husband go out one at a time, actually, he's going out, because the little puppy wants her mummy around all the time, if nothing else to give her a hug (every five minutes ^__^), and I'm sitting here all day round. No Christmas baking at the moment. No Christmas shopping. No snowman.
Hey, but I got some snowman marshmallows ^__^


Hot chocolate with vanilla marshmallows
Hot chocolate with vanilla snowman marshmallows
 What I do enjoy these days, however, is a nice hot drink. And what's better than a cup of steaming hot chocolate.
I started with the recipe found on my friend's blog, Sweet Corner, adding just a slight change - I wanted the chocolate to be a bit dense, not too much, but not completely liquid either, so I added very little corn starch.
Another great addition were the marshmallows (vanilla snowmen and gingerbread ones) that a friend DD sent me from the States.
And since I was so satisfied with the result I got with the white chocolate, I prepared the regular hot chocolate in the same way, using only dark, unsweetened chocolate (with 75 % cocoa powder) and it was great as well.
You can of course play with the spices of your choice. I added some of my home made vanilla extract, cinnamon and ginger.


Hot white chocolate with gingerbread marshmallows
Enjoy!

Hot White Chocolate


for 2 cups:
160 ml fresh heavy cream
75 g white chocolate
200 ml milk
1-2 teaspoons corn starch
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
cinnamon, ground ginger


Put the heavy cream and the chopped chocolate in a saucepan and heat to a boiling point, stirring constantly.
Remove from heat and add the spices at your pleasure.
Dissolve the starch in milk and add it all together to the melted chocolate.
Put back on heat and cook stirring until you reach desired thickness.
Pour the hot chocolate into cups and sprinkle with marshmallows. Enjoy it while hot!


Hot white chocolate with gingerbread marshmallows

Cioccolata bianca calda


per 2 tazze:
160 ml di panna fresca
75 g di cioccolato bianco
200 ml di latte
1-2 cucchiaini di fecola o amido di mais
1 cucchiaino di estratto di vaniglia
cannella, zenzero in polvere a piacere


Mettete la panna e il cioccolato spezzettato in un piccolo tegamino e scaldateli mescolando finché il cioccolato si sarà sciolto.
Aggiungete la vaniglia, la cannella e lo zenzero.
Mescolate la fecola con il latte e aggiungete al cioccolato. Rimettete sul fuoco e scaldate di nuovo fino a ebollizione. Cuocete sempre mescolando fino a raggiungere la densità desiderata.
Aggiungete qualche marshmallow e godetevela calda.

Hot white chocolate with gingerbread marshmallows

Vruća bijela čokolada
(s manjim izmjenama, po receptu sa Sweet Corner)


*za 2 šalice:
160 ml slatkog vrhnja (svježeg)
75 g bijele čokolade
200 ml mlijeka
1-2 žličice škrobnog brašna
1 žličica čistog ekstrakta vanilije
cimet, đumbir


Stavite slatko vrhnje i izlomljenu ili nasjeckanu čokoladu u posudu za kuhanje i zagrijavajte miješajući dok se čokolada ne istopi i postane glatko.
Dodajte vaniliju i začine po želji.
Rastopite škrobno brašno u mlijeku pa dodajte smjesi od čokolade i vrhnja. Zagrijavajte opet do vrenja miješajući i kuhajte dalje na laganoj vatri dok ne dobijete željenu gustoću (par minuta).
Ulijte toplu čokoladu u šalice i dodajte po želji marshmallows slatkiše. Poslužite odmah dok je topla.


gingerbread marshmallows


9 comments:

  1. Cuio...quegli omini sono marshmallow ???!??!O_O
    Che belliniiiiiiiii!
    LO sai che io non li ho mai mangiati cotti o sciolti insomma...sempre come caramelle!
    Però alla fine è zucchero...quindi faranno zuccherare un po la cioccolata.!
    Che bella idea!Bravissima
    un bacione e buona domenica^_^

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  2. Pun pogodak za blagdansko vrijeme :)
    Prelijepe slike!

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  3. Jasenkinu bijelu čokoladu sam pravila u okviru fbi rukavica i oduševila me. Mislim da je dodatak gustina odlična ideja jer i ja volim kad je vruča čokolada gusta, skoro kao puding. :)

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  4. Delicioso, que bueno se ve. Saludos

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  5. E io che pensavo fossero biscottini! Marshmallows a forma di omini non ne avevo mai visti, sono simpaticissimi ^__^ E questa cioccolata mi sta facendo una gola... :D! Baciotti tesoro, buona serata

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  6. Those gingerbread shapes are darling!

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  7. great hot choc hope your little one gets to feeling better miss you Danjana

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  8. Joj super si ti ovo iskombinirala, bolje nego ja u svakom slucaju:)) Hvala ti na pocjerenju, a ovi gingeri su mi neodoljivi, preslatki su! Za fotke ne trebam vise nista posebno naglasavati:)

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  9. Questa cioccolata bianca mi ispira parecchio...bellissimi quei marshmallows a forma di omino e di pupazzo di neve...li voglio anch'io!!!!;-)

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