Spicy Orange-Bourbon Hot Chocolate

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How was your Thanksgiving weekend? Ours was good. It was easy and fun. I made this Chocolate Mousse Pie with Phyllo Crust and it was SO GOOD and much simpler to make than I anticipated. I’m obsessed with it and plan to make it for Christmas, since my brother loves chocolate pie and this version is my new favorite. I also mades these dinner rolls and the mashed potatoes–which I kept warm in the slow cooker and it’s totally my new favorite trick. I also learned that I find rice-ing potatoes super satisfying. It’s on par with melon-balling. I’m a weirdo. Casper snatched a handful of stuffing from Sean’s plate, but luckily he couldn’t figure out how to put it in his mouth (since he’s not on solids yet) and ended up just sucking on the back of his hand instead.  It was pretty funny.

In lieu of Black Friday shopping, I stayed at home in my jams all day, did a bit of online shopping, and decked the dang halls because I LOVE CHRISTMAS. I love it, guys. A lot.

I also made this spicy, boozey, hot chocolate. Sean and his brother had some after kicking the soccer ball around at the park and I’m pretty sure it was the perfect warm-up since it was super cold and windy out there. It’s made with chopped chocolate, so it’s super-rich and creamy. There’s also orange zest in there, which cuts the richness a bit and adds a ton of flavor. The cayenne is spicy and brings on another level of heat, while the bourbon warms everything up in the way only bourbon can.

It’s seriously so good. This may be the winter of hot chocolate. I hope you don’t mind.

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Spicy Orange-Bourbon Hot Chocolate

Makes 2-3 servings

2 cups whole milk

2-3 large pieces of orange peel

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

3 ounces finely chopped bittersweet chocolate

2 ounces bourbon

whipped cream, additional chopped chocolate, and cayenne for topping

In a saucepan combine the milk with the orange peel and cayenne. Warm the milk over medium heat in a saucepan until small bubbles begin to appear around the edges and the milk begins to steam. Try to avoid boiling it. Turn off the heat and add the chopped chocolate, then cover with a lid and let it sit for a minute or two before whisking to combine. Whisk in the bourbon and pour into 2 or 3 mugs, top generously with whipped cream and a sprinkle of chopped chocolate and cayenne.

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4-Ingredient Strawberry Cream Pops

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It’s #popsicleweek yet again!

HURRAY!! Thanks to Billy for, once again, being a genius and initiating this amazing summertime tradition. We all know I love a good popsicle around here, so this is obvs one of my favorite weeks of the entire year.

Just like last year, I am bringing you a dipped pop, except I’m using white chocolate shell instead of dark. I also made these on the SUPER-DEAD-EASY since, wouldn’t ya know it, gestating a human-person inside my body at about 8 months in is kinda exhausting. Thank sweet baby Mariah Carey for popsicles to get a girl through it all. These pops are 4 ingredients (minus the pistachios, which are totes optional and could totally be subbed for sprankles) and come together quickly…which means less time making and more time consuming popsicles. WIN/WIN!

So let’s cheers popsicles and celebrate summer! Click over to the official Popsicle Week page to check out all the goodness, and keep checking since it will be updated everyday this week!


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4-Ingredient Strawberry Cream Pops

Makes about 8 popsicles.

2 1/2 cups chopped strawberries, divided

1 pint vanilla ice cream, softened

1, 11.5oz, bag white chocolate chips

2 tablespoons coconut oil

chopped pistachios, optional

Puree 2 cups of the strawberries using an immersion, or canister, blender. Add the ice cream and blend to combine. Fold in the remaining 1/2 cup chopped strawberries. Pour into popsicle molds and insert sticks. Freeze for several hours until solid.

Melt the white chocolate chips and coconut oil together in a 2 cup measuring glass in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring between each, until the white chocolate is completely melted and smooth.

Line a sheet pan with parchment and set nearby. Remove the frozen strawberry ice cream pops from their molds, and working quickly, dip each one in white chocolate and place onto the prepared sheet pan. Sprinkle with chopped pistachios (or sprinkles!) if you’d like. Place in the freezer to firm up for a few minutes. Serve immediately or store in a zip-top bag in the freezer.
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Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream

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Guys, this ice cream is my dream. I was scrolling through my recipe index, looking for gaps in my ice cream repetoire, when I realized I am seriously lacking in the chocolate department. WTF?! This made me question who I am in all kinds of ways, so of course, I remedied that issue real quick.

This ice cream is adapted from Jeni’s Darkest Chocolate Ice Cream in the World. It’s rich and chocolatey and creamy-dreamy…and it has peanut butter shell swirled throughout. BOOM. I mean, I really could not ask for more from an ice cream. Against the dark chocolate, the peanut butter shell is just snappy–not as snappy as chocolate shell, but firmer than plain old pb–and a bit salty, too. It’s seriously perfection and is taking me all kinds of self-control and will-power to not just face plant right into a pint of this stuff. Thank goodness for weekend houseguests who have an affinity for ice cream…or I might be in serious trouble.

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Dark Chocolate Ice Cream with Peanut Butter

Adapted from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home 

PS, if you don’t have Jeni’s book and you love ice cream…treat yo’ self. 

For this ice cream I used Ghiradelli 60% Bittersweet Chocolate Chips, my favorite Valrhona cocoa powder, crunchy peanut butter, and virgin coconut oil. The virgin coconut oil has a slight coconut flavor, which I do not mind at all, but you could use refined if you prefer.

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/2 cup water

1 heaping teaspoon espresso powder

1 cup sugar, divided

1 1/2 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips (or chopped chocolate)

2 cups whole milk

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon cornstarch

3 tablespoons softened cream cheese

1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

1 cup heavy cream

2 tablespoons corn syrup

1/2 cup peanut butter

2 tablespoons coconut oil

Begin by making a syrup, combine the cocoa, water, espresso powder, and 1/2 cup of the sugar in a saucepan, bring to a boil over, stirring to dissolve the sugar, and boil for 30 seconds. Remove from the heat and stir in the chocolate until smooth and melted. Set aside.

Whisk the cream cheese with the syrup and salt in a large bowl until smooth.

In another small bowl, whisk about 2 tablespoons of the milk with the cornstarch to create a slurry. Set aside.

In a large bowl or clean sink basin, make an ice bath with ice and water.

Combine the remaining milk, the cream, sugar, and corn syrup in a 4-qt saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat and boil for about 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and slowly whisk in the cornstarch slurry. Return to the heat and bring to a boil over medium, stirring constantly until slightly thickened, about 1 minute. Remove from the heat and whisk into the cream cheese & syrup mixture until well mixed. Pour into a gallon, zip-top freezer bag, seal, and submerge in the ice bath. Let it sit until cold. Either pour the ice cream base into an ice cream maker right away, or chill overnight in the fridge before processing. I like to chill overnight.

While the ice cream processes, melt the peanut butter and coconut oil together in a bowl in the microwave in 30 second bursts, until melted and smooth when stirred together. Set aside.

Once the ice cream is processed, layer about 1/3 of the ice cream into a container, followed by the peanut butter mixture–repeat with the remaining ice cream and peanut butter. Cover and freeze until solid before serving. [/recipe]