Sunday, January 30, 2011

Xocolatl

 From what I can gather, xocolatl is made with chilis, unsweetened cocoa powder, vanilla, spices, and water.  So I rehydrated a dried chili in hot water.  When it softened, I scraped the pulp and seeds into the water and discarded the skin and stems.  To the pepper-water mixture I added unsweetened cocoa powder, a splash of vanilla, a dash of cinnmon.  I whisked it smooth and brought it to a boil.  Then I reduced the heat and simmered for about 5 minutes until it began to thicken.  I served it in  thimble-sized cups...just in case.  The verdict: "It's not too bad, Mom, it is bitter water.  Now, can you add some sugar, please?"

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