pumpkin spice hot white chocolate...

pumpkin spice white hot chocolate from the luna cafe
the heatwave in the midwest has subsided... well at least when i woke up at 5 am this morning it had... but as the temperature starts to drop (wishful thinking) and fall fast approaches, i obviously have to gather an arsenal of fun fall recipes for chilly evenings at home with my puppy (again, wishful thinking... for now, i'll have to settle for cuddling up on a friends couch with her two little pupcakes).

here is the incredible pumpkin spice white hot chocolate recipe i found from the luna cafe...

Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate...
3 cups whole milk
1 cup canned pumpkin puree
2 cinnamon sticks, broken
12 whole cloves, crushed slightly
12 whole allspice berries, crushed slightly
2 tablespoons chopped candied ginger
2 tablespoons chopped orange peel (all pith removed)
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
4-6 ounces, high quality white chocolate, roughly chopped (Lindt or Guittard recommended)
pinch sea salt (don’t even think about leaving this out)

1 cup heavy cream, whipped and lightly sweetened
shaved white chocolate, from a bar of white chocolate
ground cinnamon in a shaker
  1. In a saucepan, over medium-low heat, bring the milk to a bare simmer.
  2. Lower the heat to keep the milk below the boiling point and add the pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, candied ginger and vanilla bean.
  3. Remove from the heat and let mellow as long as you can wait (refrigerate if you need to hold longer than an hour).
  4. When ready to serve, pour the milk mixture through a triple mesh strainer into a clean saucepan. Heat to just below a simmer and remove from the heat.
  5. Add the white chocolate and stir until the chocolate is melted.
  6. Remove from the heat, and add sea salt.
  7. To serve immediately, pour into five, eight-ounce capacity, Irish coffee or other stemmed glasses.
  8. To store, let cool, decant, cover, and refrigerate. Reheat to serve.
  9. Just before serving, top each glass of hot chocolate with a generous mound of whipped cream, a few shavings of white chocolate, and a sprinkle of cinnamon. Serve immediately.
Makes five, 6-ounce servings.
                                          recipe courtesy of the luna cafe 


brooklyn said...

i think that may be the most delicious looking drink I have ever come across. anything pumpkin is good in my book

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