Valentine’s Day 2 Days To Go

Two days to Valentine’s and its getting cold out there. Well, here’s a nice drink for être qui t’est cher (and I hope that translation’s right… check my on this you French majors out there). Let’s get back to warming up that chilly evening…

Here’s what you’ll need:

Drink:

  • 1 oz peppermint schnapps
  • 1/2 oz dark crème de cacao
  • 1 tsp crème de menthe
  • hot chocolate
  • whipped cream

Combine these in a nice mug and top with shaved chocolate.

Desert:

  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 1/4 cups white sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees .

Grease 3 – 9 inch round cake pans. In medium bowl, pour boiling water over cocoa, and whisk until smooth. Let mixture cool. Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt; set aside.

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at time, then stir in vanilla. Add the flour mixture alternately with the cocoa mixture. Spread batter evenly between the 3 prepared pans.

Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes. Allow to cool.

Now, I like to empty a can of cherry pie filling, and add a jar of my own cherries preserved in peppermint schnapps, and heat this in a bowl. Use this in between the three layers of cake and top the cake with a little powdered sugar.

 

Santa’s Little Helper – 05

An eye-opening white hot chocolate helps to make he season bright. This ‘little helper’ is a combination of white hot coco, espresso, and peppermint schnapps.

  • 1 pint milk
  • brewed espresso
  • 1 5 oz white chocolate bar grated
  • Peppermint schnapps
  • Whipped cream, for garnish
  • Peppermint stick, for garnish

In a small saucepan, heat the milk over low heat until steaming, 3 to 5 minutes while whisking in the grated chocolate.  In a large mug, mix together the espresso and schnapps. Stir in the steamed hot coco. Top with a dollop of whipped cream and a peppermint stick.