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Friday, November 4, 2011

Desserts for Fall: Red Velvet Hot Chocolate with Cream Cheese Whipped Topping . . . Yum!!!!

Now that the weather is getting a bit chilly, in fact, some of you are even getting a taste of the fluffy white stuff, what better time then now to bring you this delicious recipe for Red Velvet Hot Cocoa?  I mean, just the very thought of that makes me smile from ear to ear:)

 And many thank yous to Edible Details & JP Creatibles for leading us to The Bakery Spot's yummy recipe.  Here's what you do . . .

Red Velvet Hot Chocolate 

~ 4 cups of milk
~ splash of water
~ 3/4 cups of premium semi-sweet chocolate chips (Ghiradelli suggested)
~ 1 teaspoon of red food coloring paste (check Michaels)

Cream Cheese Whipped Cream Ingredients:
~ 1 cup of heavy whipping cream
~ 1 tablespoon of sugar
~ 1 teaspoon of whipped cream cheese

1.) In a medium mixing bowl or a stand-up mixer, pour in heavy whipping cream and sugar.  Whip on medium with the whisk attachment for 2-3 minutes.  Just before it peaks, add the teaspoon of whipped cream cheese and whisk for another 2 minutes. Taste the whipped cream and add more cream cheese to taste. If you like it more tart, I’d say add another 1/2 teaspoon, just be careful to not over whip or you’ll have butter on your hands in no time.

2.) In a medium saucepan, heat the milk over medium heat.  Add a splash of water and the chocolate chips, constantly stirring gently .  When almost melted, add the red food coloring paste and stir some more.  The color should be a deep red, similar to the picture above.  When the chocolate chips are all melted, pour the hot chocolate in four mugs and top with the whipped cream.

Recipe via A Cozy Kitchen

A few more sipping sweets . . .

Cinnamon Roll Latte

~ 1/2 oz Cinnamon Syrup
~ 1 tsp Brown Sugar
~ Espresso, 1-2 shots
~ Milk
~ Whipped Cream
~ Cinnamon Powder

1.) Find your favorite mug and pour in 1/2 oz of Cinnamon Syrup. Add 1 teaspoon of Brown Sugar and stir to mix. Add Espresso – one to two shots, depending on your taste.

2.) Fill with foamy, steamed Milk leaving just enough room to top off with Whipped Cream. This delicious drink is not finished until you give it a light dusting of Cinnamon Powder. Tastes JUST like a cinnamon roll!

Pumpkin Pie Latte

~ 1 tbs canned pumpkin
~ 2 tbs vanilla extract
~ 1/4 tsp cinnamon, ground
~ 1 cup milk
~ 1/2 cup strong coffee, or 1/4 cup espresso

1.) In a saucepan, heat milk and pumpkin until steaming. Stir in vanilla and cinnamon. Put mixture in a blender, and blend for 15-20 seconds until thick and foamy.

2.) Pour into tall glass, then add coffee (or espresso). Top with a sprinkling of pumpkin pie spice or ground nutmeg.

Caramel Apple Pie A La Mode
Note: yields 10 servings

~ 2 cups vanilla ice cream
~ 1 cup prepared caramel apple dip
~ 3/4 cup frozen apple juice concentrate
~ 1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
~ 1/2 tsp. ground allspice
~ 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
~ 1/8 tsp. ground cloves

1. Place all ingredients in blender; blend until smooth.
2. Spoon 1/3 cup latté mix into large mug. Add 6 ounces boiling water, stir until dissolved.

That certainly warms you up, right?  Have a lovely weekend!! Photobucket

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