Sunday, January 28, 2018

Spiced Hot Chocolate #RecipeRedo

Eight years ago, on January 17, 2010, I published my very first blogpost. I had no idea what I was doing! 

Like most bloggers, I cringe when I look at those early posts. A serious dearth of story telling. No measurements. Just a stream of consciousness narrative that described how I made something. Yikes. The only thing I am mildly satisfied with are the photos. My photos weren't bad; the rest was abysmal.

So, along with a group of foodie bloggers, I have decided to re-do one recipe post a month. This will be a humbling exercise, I think. It will also be inspiring to see how far we've come.

Spiced Hot Chocolate

I kept the top photo because I love the festive red of those espresso cups and my Christmas amaryllis.

Ingredients makes 4 demitasse cups or 2 large cups

  • 2 C dark chocolate (I prefer 70% cacao solids or higher)
  • 2 C milk
  • 1 T flour
  • 1 T organic granulated sugar
  • 1 t ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 t ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 t ground cardamom
  • pinch of cayenne pepper

Heat the milk till it just begins to steam. Add all the other ingredients. Whisk continuously until the chocolate is melted and the drink begins to thicken. Serve in small cups as this is a very rich drink. I used espresso cups; this recipes serves 4 in that case.


  1. My first post was abysmal. I just posted a picture, didn't add the recipe, and tried to be super clever and write in a voice that was clearly not my own!

    1. We all had to start somewhere, right?!? So happy to be part of a supportive community where we can look at ourselves and laugh a little.

  2. I have some posts that I can't stand to look at. Hopefully we'll get them all fancied up this year!

  3. It's always "fun" to look back. Some things are good, some things are bad...we learn from both!!!

    1. Absolutely. So glad we're taking the time to redo some of these posts.

  4. I love the idea of serving in a demitasse cup. Love the little bit of heat.

  5. It goes to show how hard we all work at producing better blog posts!

  6. Love this recipe - such a great twist on a classic drink.