Foodie Friday

Foodie Friday: Lavender Hot Cocoa

As you can tell from this post, I really love cooking with lavender. A while ago I had sent culinary lavender and a lavender cookbook to Keltin’s mom. We got to talking about recipes one afternoon and after looking through some of the recipes we decided to try the hot cocoa recipe.

Ingredients:

  • ½ C. Sugar
  • ¼ C. Cocoa
  • Dash of Salt
  • ⅓ C. Hot Water
  • 4 C. Milk
  • ¾ Tsp. Vanilla
  • 1 Tsp Culinary Lavender

Directions:

  1. In a medium saucepan combine milk and finely ground culinary lavender. Bring to a simmer. Remove from heat, cover with a lid and allow to steep for 10 minutes.
  2. Mix sugar, cocoa, and salt in another saucepan stir in hot water. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Boil and stir for 2 minutes.
  3. Strain lavender from warm milk.
  4. Stir in milk to cocoa mixture and heat but do not boil. Remove from heat and add vanilla.

**Note** Be careful while boiling the cocoa mixture, it expands and might overflow the pan. Once boiling I would turn the heat down to medium-high.

Lavender and milk

Cocoa, sugar, and salt mixture and boiling with water.

I really enjoyed this recipe. The lavender adds an earthy taste that helps to take hot cocoa up a notch and adds a little variety. If you want to see additional lavender recipes you can buy the cookbook we used here. Happy Cooking!

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