So here's a spin on homemade hot chocolate for those hibernal days when you don't want to leave the house and you just want to curl up next to the fire with a soporific mug of cocoa. I'm more of a dark chocolate person most of the time, but this white chocolate concoction was so comforting tasting that I think I may have been converted. The raspberries fill you with a nostalgia for summer while the white chocolate undertones carry you away into a dreamy winter wonderland.
1 cup white chocolate, chopped
4 cups whole milk
1 Tbsp vanilla
4 Tbsp raspberry syrup (recipe below)
DirectionsOver medium heat, warm the milk and the chocolate, stirring so as not to burn the chocolate.
When the milk is on the verge of simmering, remove from heat and add the vanilla.
Pour the hot chocolate evenly into 4 mugs and drizzle each with a tablespoon of raspberry syrup.
(makes 4 cups)
1/2 cup raspberries (frozen or fresh)
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
DirectionsSimmer ingredients over medium heat until sugar is dissolved, stirring and pressing the berries against the pan. Strain the mixture through cheesecloth into a glass, pressing the liquid through the cheesecloth with the back side of a spoon. The thick raspberry mixture that will be leftover from this process can be served the next morning as fresh jam.