It's been an incredibly busy week with stuff going on all over the place. I haven't had a moment to think about what to make for this year's World Nutella Day.
Then, while writing up the Weekend Wokking round-up #21 (Chili Pepper), I was saved by Sweatha of Tasty Curry Leaf's recipe for Mayan hot cocoa. I could do something similar, but swap out the cocoa in her recipe with Nutella.
Read the Wikipedia entry on hot chocolate for background information on how the drink evolved from what the Mayans and Aztecs drank hundreds of years ago. Chile was definitely an ingredient.
If I had time, I would have simmered whole ingredients, but perhaps there's something to be said for super simple as well?
On a cold, rainy night, an individually-made mug of hot chocolate with a few pinches of cinnamon, chili pepper, and nutmeg, along with a generous dollop of Nutella, was just what I needed.
Mexican Nutella Hot Chocolate with Chilies
Inspired by Sweatha of Tasty Curry Leaf's recipe for Mayan hot cocoa
For one cup, you'll need:
1 cup milk or soy milk
1 generous tblsp Nutella
2 pinches ground cinnamon
1 pinch ground nutmeg
1 pinch cayenne or paprika
In a small saucepan on low heat, melt 1 tblsp of Nutella in 1 cup milk. Add 2 pinches of cinnamon, 1 pinch of nutmeg, and 1 pinch of cayenne or other chili pepper powder of your choice.
Gently stir until all the Nutella has dissolved. Taste and add more spices or sugar or Nutella if necessary.
If you want a frothy top, then briskly beat the mixture. Otherwise, pour into a mug. The chili peppers add an unexpected kick to the soothing hot chocolate.
I'm submitting this recipe to World Nutella Day hosted by Sara from Ms. Adventures in Italy and Michelle from Bleeding Espresso.
Check back with them on February 8 for a round-up of Nutella recipes from around the world.
My other Nutella recipes:
Chicken Enchiladas with Nutella Mole Poblano
Chocolate Mochi with Nutella Filling
Egg Rolls Stuffed with Bananas and Mangoes with Nutella Dipping Sauce
Bananas, Nutella, and Peanut Butter Sandwiches
1 year ago today, Chicken Enchiladas with Nutella Mole Poblano.
2 years ago today, German Oven Pancakes.
3 years ago today, Pupusas with Beans and Cheese.