29 December 2007

Chocolate Milk with Pear & Ginger




I served this luxurious hot chocolate drink on Christmas morning. I felt it was a bit early to start on the fizz, but wanted to hand out something a little special that would perk us all up at such an early hour.

Chocolate works so well with pear. It almost tastes like a dessert and the ginger gives it a wonderful warmth. I used dark chocolate for this. So much nicer than cocoa for that real chocolate hit.

None of us drink coffee or tea, so this was a great choice and we'll definitely be having it again.

If you do need that caffeine hit, you could add a little coffee to this recipe.


Chocolate Milk with Pear & Ginger

Ingredients

200ml semi-skimmed milk (or coconut milk)
40g bar 70% dark chocolate
1 ripe pear
1/2 piece of crystallised stem ginger (I used, 1 heaped teaspoon of ground ginger)


Method

  1. Break the chocolate into a small pan, add the milk and heat gently until the chocolate has melted.
  2. Peel and core the pear, then cut into quarters.
  3. Add the pear, chocolate milk and ginger to a blender. Whizz until smooth.
  4. You can drink this warm or cold.

Serves 2





Look at that. A lovely, velvet smooth hot chocolate drink, that tastes luxurious!

While we were enjoying our chocolate drinks, we were opening presents. Christmas music was playing in the background and my cat was having a great time playing with the wrapping paper.

What is it with cats and wrapping paper?




I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and will try my wintry chocolate drink soon.



9 comments:

  1. Holler it sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas with Graeme.Our cat loves paper bags...and could play for hours!!With the grocery stores using cloth or paper bags these days the cat is always in heaven!

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  2. Hi Val,
    Hope you had a lovely Christmas! It has been hectic here, but yes, the cats have had fun, although Beaker was the only one brave enough to hang around when my friend and her 2 year old came to visit!
    Elmo has a preference for plastic bags, the make more noise when you jump in them!

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  3. Mmmmm - think it would be for 'one very greedy person' in this house!

    Glad to hear you had a good Christmas and the cats look like they had fun too :-)

    VeggieKate is up and blogging again (yay!) - thought you might like to know.

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  4. oh YUM! this sounds like it would be delicious!

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  5. Hi Jen, It is good news that VeggieKate is back to blogging again. I love the muffin tea cosy she knitted you! I hope you had a great Christmas too!

    It is a great combination, Katy. Team it with your Petit Fours and you are looking at chocolate overload!

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  6. great choice for christmas breakfast - I am not keen on chocolate milk or ginger in juices but this does look like I could make an exception (or even change my preferences). Glad your pussy cats could join in the fun too!

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  7. The cat's are easy amused Johanna, Any empty boxes were greatly received too! Hope you had a good Christmas!

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  8. Wowza! a chocolate smoothie - am gobsmacked. Will try this cold sitting in front of the fire. I'm glad you dropped by to my blog ... but now am off to browse thru your posts. I've a bit of catching up to do :-)

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  9. loving your blog, keep it up, as always!

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