31 December 2006

Hot Vanilla

Given my preoccupations with Menu for Hope and a couple of things on my side of the computer screen, it took me a while to get to this, the final of the "2006: Not So Vanilla" posts.

If you've been reading me this year, you know that I took 2006 to learn about and work with vanilla. I think like many people, I was used to it in sweets--cakes, ice creams, candies, custards, so in that respect I really didn't know what this pod with its millions of minute seeds could really do.

Granted, not all of the experiments were successful (I won't be doing that vanilla-scented halibut again), but there were also some surprises--chicken kurma and the taste testing. Here are links to my adventures, for those of you who are curious...
And now this. The final series' post. I've done sweet and savoury, puddings, cakes and meats. But what I didn't do was a drink.

I knew I was going to do this one in the winter...or what is supposed to be winter. It's 31 December, and the mercury is bobbing at just above 0C. That's not right--we all know it, and until we actually mend our ways (myself included) white winters may become a rareity...insert Kyoto comment here.

I first tasted this sort of hot chocolate drink at my favourite chain coffee shop--The Second Cup. This version of their White Hot Chocolate is a little sweeter, but still creamy. The colour is a pale yellow, because of the melted ivory couverature, and is speckled with teensy seeds from vanilla paste. It is very easy and very quick. this is a little more than enough for my favourite mug, but really is meant to be shared with one other...that is, if you really like them.

430ml milk (at least two percent, full-fat is better)
120g white chocolate (in chips or chopped)
1 tsp vanilla paste (or the pod and scraped seeds of one vanilla bean or 1-2 tsp vanilla extract)

Simmer the milk and vanilla paste (or seeds and pod) and remove it from the heat. Stir in the white chocolate until fully incorporated.

If you are using vanilla extract, pour it in *now* and whisk the mixture well until smooth and frothy. Pour into one or two cups, as you see fit...


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Anonymous said...

Oh, Jasmine, vanilla so sweet in a white chocolate drink! What a treat!
Wishing you all good things in the coming 2007 and to all those you love.

Jenny said...

Thanks Jasimine! I didn't find your blog until a few months ago, so missed the earlier vanilla posts. I recently bought myself a bunch of fresh vanilla beans and had been wondering about my own extract! Your vanilla round up was so timely!
Now to go buy some vodka!
Cheers and happy new year!

Anonymous said...

Have a great 2007! Look forward to your adventures!

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to drop by and wish you a very happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

You know I never noticed that you did so much with vanilla until now.
Happy New Year.