Read the Book and Drink the Chocolat

The Book Club Cookbook offers recipes to accompany their book suggestions.  Chocolat by Joann Harris, of course, has a recipe for hot cocoa , but it seems too bland.  I like the one from the movie better – has that zing.


Mix together 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, pinch of salt. Add 1/2 cup of hot water and bring to a slow boil.  Reduce to simmer, and add 3 cups whole milk.  Simmer for a few minutes to warm; do not boil.  Remove from heat; stir in 1 teaspoon of vanilla.  Pour into cups and top with whipped cream and shaved chocolate.

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