Friday, November 19, 2010

Cooking Lessons Online- Recipe: Homemade Hot Cocoa

The last of my summer coleus...before the big freeze!

I’ve been thinking a lot this past couple of weeks about how best to teach cooking online and how to best present this info to my fabulous blog visitors. (That’s you by the way!) After much thought, I'm changing the format up a bit.
I hope you like it and of course your comments are always welcome!
My plan:
First, I will post a beginner recipe. Then in the next few posts, I will write about the:
1. Ingredients
2. Cooking techniques used and…
3. The cooking tools, cookware, and bakeware used in the recipe.

When you see a word in bold in the recipe, get ready, we will be learning more about it.
When you see a word in blue in the recipe it is a link to existing info already on the blog. Click on it to learn more.

Ok…here we go! Let's learn to make homemade hot cocoa…

Homemade Hot Cocoa from scratch…making hot cocoa from a mix is fine but hot cocoa made from scratch has a richer, smoother, more chocolatey flavor I’ve found. It's just more’s really quick to make too.

Homemade Hot Cocoa
5 tablespoons cocoa powder
Dash of salt
5 tablespoons sugar
½ cup water
3 ½ cups milk
Mini Marshmallows (for a topper)

Mix cocoa, salt, sugar in a saucepan over medium low heat. Mix in the water. Cook 3 minutes stirring constantly. Stir in the milk. Heat just to boiling. Turn off the heat. Remove pan from the stove with a potholder. Ladle cocoa carefully into serving cups. Careful, it’s hot! Sprinkle some mini marshmallows on top. Makes 6 servings.

Now that we have the recipe, in the next post we will learn about tablespoons…the first bold word in the recipe. The tablespoon is one of several sizes of measuring spoons that we use in cooking.
*Smile* Sherri


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