Ingredient: salt

Our Favorite Hot Chocolate Recipe

Baby It’s Cold Outside

Wrap your hands around a cup of hot chocolate

My dad always quoted an old saying, “When the days begin to lengthen, so the cold strengthens.” ….Thanks Dad!

I’m not sure where the saying originated, but it certainly seems true for our part of the country. If you’re at zero or below, like we are, let’s say “Bah! Humbug!” to the cold and warm our hands on some delicious hot chocolate.

I started making my own hot chocolate from scratch, because I always had the simple ingredients at home. No need to stock packets or canisters of the powdered stuff. Just go for the real thing. In a few minutes you’ll have a cup of steaming hot goodness.

This recipe brings back memories of when the kids would help Daddy hunt for the Christmas tree. He would take anyone who was old enough to walk, so imagine a guy walking through the Christmas tree farm with 7 or 8 kiddos trailing behind. Yet they always got it done and brought back the perfect tree. Of course they needed a snack when they got home and Mom knew just the thing. Hot chocolate!

On those snowman building days, it takes longer to clean up all the wet clothes, than it does to make hot chocolate on top the stove. So simple and economical to boot.

My kids are pretty grown up now, but I still use this simple recipe for making hot cocoa from scratch. I love it and I know you will too.

So don’t let cold weather get you down, Stay cozy and warm. We’ll see you next time.

 

 

 

 

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Favorite Hot Chocolate
This is a very simple and basic hot chocolate recipe. Make your own variations with special flavorings or creamers, or try one of ours from below.
hot chocolate
Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 10 Minutes
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Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 10 Minutes
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Ingredients
hot chocolate
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, mix sugar, cocoa and salt.
  2. Add hot water. Bring Mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring continuously. Boil and stir for 2 minutes.
  3. Add milk; stir and heat through. Do not boil.
  4. Remove from heat and add vanilla.
Recipe Notes

Variations:

Top with Marshmallows

For a spicy treat add:

  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. almond flavoring
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Light and Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes

Pancakes on plate

Make these delicious pancakes quickly and easily for memorable family breakfasts

 

Move over cereal, because pancakes are on the menu today.

When our children were little, pancakes were on the menu nearly every Saturday morning. While Papa and Mama were enjoying a little weekend alone time, the kids would be shaking their sleepy heads and starting to feel those morning hungry rumbles.

In their little minds, the oldest were thinking about how to get Mom out of bed, and into the kitchen. We’d hear little bumps and whispers that told us this was all going on. One by one, they would peak their fuzzy little noggins into our room, and then sit on the end of the bed.

Along would come another sleepy looking one. Sometimes and older child would get a younger one out of the crib. Pretty soon there would be a party on the end of the bed. Then I would hear the familiar phrase, “Are you going to make pancakes?”

pancakes

Well of course I was going to make pancakes. It rarely failed, and there are great memories of kids having tickle fights with Papa, while Mom listened to their giggles and make a fresh, hot breakfast. Idyllic sounding, but I’m not fibbing you one bit.

Now days we have a nearly empty nest. No more kids jumping on the bed. A couple of the guys work PM shifts and aren’t awake too early. I don’t always make pancakes for breakfast, but this recipe transports me back of few years when I was feeding our large family on a budget. And pancakes need not be for breakfast only. My husband and I will have a “breakfast for supper” night every once in awhile. So easy!

Top with real maple syrup for a delicious treat. We also love Wisconsin Hickory Syrup, which has a light, sweet taste.

Add fresh berries in season, walnuts, chocolate chips or make up your own variation.

Enjoy!

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Light and Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes
Pancakes are the ultimate breakfast on cold winter days. This recipe transports me back to Saturday mornings when our kids were little. It's one of our family favorites and it's sure to become yours.
Buttermilk Pancakes
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Buttermilk Pancakes
Instructions
  1. Sift together dry ingredients and set aside.
  2. Beat eggs.
  3. Melt butter.
  4. Combine eggs, buttermilk and melted butter.
  5. Make a little well in the middle of your dry ingredients, add the wet ingredient and combine.
  6. Heat a lightly oiled griddle over medium high heat. A cast iron skillet works well. You'll know the skillet is hot enough if a couple drops of water sprinkled on the pan skip around and then evaporate. For crowds an electric no-stick griddle, set at 375 degrees, works well.
  7. Pour approximately 1/4 cup batter on the skillet for each pancake. Brown both sides and serve while hot.
Recipe Notes

For Best Results

One secret for lightest and fluffiest pancakes is to not overwork your batter. Stir to combine wet and dry ingredients. You don't need to get out the lumps in order to have a good pancake.

Fry the first side of your pancake until bubbles form and pop. If you need to sneak a peak, you can do so from the edge without lifting up the whole pancake. For the best results, you only want to flip pancakes one time.

Once your griddle is hot and oiled, you will not need to add oil for each pancake. If your griddle gets dry and pancakes stick, add a few drops of oil, but you'll rarely need to.

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