Wednesday, February 25, 2009

early morning musings

One of my favorite memories as a little girl was sleeping over at my grandparents' house. My grandmother always made us popcorn that she had made on the stovetop, and she would put our hair in curlers. The curlers were actually rolled up pieces of toilet paper around which she'd wrap our hair. (You can tell my grandmother grew up during the depression.) In the morning, we'd always have the same breakfast: a cup of hot cocoa that she had made from scratch and sunny side up eggs with toast. I loved this breakfast!

In the past year or so, I've started making our hot cocoa from scratch too. After the girls and I play outside in the snow, I always promise them a cup of hot cocoa. I made it on the stovetop for a while, just like my grandmother had, but one day I decided to take a shortcut and microwave it and the girls hated it. Now they ask for "stovetop" hot cocoa.

This isn't my recipe, it's the one on the side of the Hershey's cocoa box, but it's the one my grandmother and I use and it's my favorite. I've modified it to make 3 cups:

1/4 cup sugar
1/8 cup cocoa
dash salt
1/6 cup hot water
2 cups milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

Combine the sugar, cocoa and salt in a small saucepan. Stir in the hot water and heat over medium heat until the mixture boils. Boil for approximately 1 minute. Add 2 cups of milk and heat until desired temperature. Do not let it boil again. Stir in the vanilla extract and serve.

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