Enjoying food and drink is an experience. It incorporates each and every one of your senses. From the ingredients you choose, to the presentation, and the pairings, every element comes together to enhance the culinary experience. The same goes for the indulgent enjoyment of drinking chocolate. The quality of the chocolate you have chosen, to your choice in dairy, and spices each and every mug of drinking chocolate offers a world of variety and individuality. Choosing to pair a drinking chocolate alongside a tasty treat allows for an even more unique experience! We love using seasonal flavors and ingredients to inspire our drinking chocolate pairings. Here are a few of our favorite recipes this fall!
Dorie Greenspan’s World Peace Cookies: These cookies have big shoes to fill – world peace! And yet, they are more than ready to rise to the challenge. In some pairings, it’s incredibly beneficial to pair contrasting flavors as a way of drawing out the subtlety of each taste. However, in this pairing we throw caution to the wind and go all in. These soft sables, made using a healthy dose of butter, cocoa, and fleur de sel, and are all about indulgence. The only way to ruin this recipe is to overcook them – so if in doubt, pull them out too soon.
Custom Ginger Cookies: One of the more traditional styles of drinking chocolate is the borderline spicy stuff first ever enjoyed by the Mayans and Aztecs. They liked their drinking chocolate cold and spicy. And like these cookies, they weren’t tied to a recipe. They used what they had on hand, and what they were craving in that moment. Generous amounts of minced fresh ginger combined with candied ginger give these cookies a warming bite. Depending on your mood, you can also use powdered ginger, allspice, or cloves.
Churros and drinking chocolate is a classic combination enjoyed by thousands of people around the world every morning. It might be too good to imagine, but churros and drinking chocolate is in fact a very traditional breakfast in Spain! The drinking chocolate that accompanied these hot, crispy fried Spanish style crullers would be so thick that your churro would stand up in your mug! They are made by piping the dough through a ribbed spiral that is then fried and coated in sugar, and sometimes other spices as well.
The brilliance of churros and drinking chocolate can hardly be ignored, and it’s perfect for the fall. You can customize your churros by coating them in sugar, cinnamon, cocoa, or even dipping them in a chocolate coating of their own. When it comes to churros the only wrong answer is no churros. You can watch Ruben Ortega, the pastry chef at Hugo’s in Houston, Texas show you how he makes his world famous churros here.
The fall is all about relaxation and comfort, and drinking chocolate fits the bill. Spend some time this fall learning some new recipes to accompany your own unique take on gourmet drinking chocolate.