Monday, January 16, 2012

Frozen Hot Chocolate and Cinnamon Twists

While you might want to stick with the original thing on the coldest winter nights, frozen hot chocolate is most definitely a fun winter treat. This recipe was inspired by Serendipity 3, a New York City restaurant that is famous for their frozen hot chocolate. While I have never had the chance of trying Serendipity 3's original frozen hot chocolate, I decided to make one myself. It definitely was a success!! This frozen hot chocolate would also make a fabulous adult drink by adding some Kahlua, Bailey's, or even chocolate vodka into the mix. 

I decided to pair the frozen hot chocolate with cinnamon pastry twists that are just so simple to make and super delicious! The two treats together are wonderful. Both recipes were taken from People Magazine's 2011 Holiday Entertaining edition. Enjoy!

Cinnamon Pastry Twists
Serving: Makes 24 twists

1 17.3 ounce package Puff Pastry Sheets (will need both sheets in package thawed)
1/4 cup of Butter
1/3 cup of Cinnamon
1/3 cup of Sugar

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Remove the 2 thawed puff pastry sheets. Cut each sheet in half lenghwise. Brush inside of each rectangle with melted butter. Combine the cinnamon and sugar in a bowl. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar mixture on top of the butter. Sandwich the 2 rectangles together so that the coated sides are inward. Roll a rolling pin on top of the sandwich to seal together. Cut each rectangle sandwich crosswise into 1/2 inch strips. Twist each strip and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper.  Cook until golden brown about 12-15 minutes.

Frozen Hot Chocolate
Serving: Makes 4 Cups

1/3 cup evaporated instant dry milk
1/3 cup sugar
4 tsp. cocoa powder
1 cup milk
3 cups ice
1 can whipped cream

1. Stir dry ingredients (evaporated milk, sugar, cocoa) together in small bowl until incorporated.
2. Add the milk, dry mix, and ice (in that order) into the blender.
3. Blend until smooth. If the mixture is too watered down, add more ice until you reach the desired consistency.
4. Pour until glasses and top with whipped cream.

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