Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Copycat Cafe: White Hot Chocolate

Since my days have been looking like this lately....

I've been doing a lot of this....
Carrying a lit candle & a book around with me everywhere I go in the house and living off of hot chocolate.
I've been craving my favorite cafe's white hot chocolate. 
So I decided to try to make my own with the leftover white chocolate from the Oreo Balls.
My first inclination was to just wing it but I almost always regret such impulsive behavior. So I looked up recipes and many called for:

(What does egg do for a drink? I love eggnog but because of all the horror stories of drinking someone's homemade recipe I rather not put egg in my hot chocolate). 

 Cream and Half & Half
(Now I thought half & half was cream.  You know half cream and half milk.  Am I wrong?  Why would you put both in?)

 Vanilla extract and sugar
(That seemed liked overkill since white chocolate is already vanilla flavored and so sweet.)

So the first time I made the white hot chocolate it was waaaaay too sweet and that's saying something coming from the Sugar Queen herself.

The second time I didn't use vanilla or sugar and it was perfect...better than Third St. Cafe even!

1 square of white chocolate melted in the microwave
3/4 mug of milk (I even used Skim) heated in the microwave
Combine and stir well in mug.
A couple of dashes of cinnamon (This is the secret! It wouldn't be anywhere near as good without the cinnamon! I'm glad I saw it one of the recipes and remembered to try it.)

Next time I'm thinking about even going more adventurous and trying it with cayenne pepper or chili pepper!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Round Two:Oreo Balls

I am so very pleased with them!

The secrets of my success:
Slow down: I made the Oreo Balls one night and dipped them in the chocolate the next day.  I gave them a lot of time in the fridge.

Attention to detail: I used our brand new blender instead of the mixer, which made the dough more fine and less chunky. Last time I wasn't sure if I had used reduced fat Oreos and/or cream cheese.  This time I ensured there was no skimping on the fat! I also melted the chocolate in the microwave (w/o shortening), the heat from using the stove kept softening the oreo balls too much last time.

Patience: I have quite a bit of patience when it comes to children but next to none in the kitchen.  I am easily frustrated which usually leads to rushed, sloppy work.  It took all my calming techniques, that I teach my clients in the therapy room, to finish this project. (Kind of sad or ridiculous, isn't it?)

Thanks for all the help and support!

Since they're for a Super Bowl party I made some of them "footballs."

This is another one of my favorites:
I <3 the Colts!

Even though I'm just a trainee, I still need an assistant...
and I'm teaching her early in the way she should go...wherever the Oreos are.

(Have you ever seen such crazy hair?!)

So what does a DGT (domestic goddess in training) earn when she passes a test?

Heros earn medals. Angels earn wings. 
Do DGT's earn golden spoons?
1 spoon down, 15 more to go.  I believe a true DG wouldn't even consider entertaining without two full sets of golden spoons, right?