We use Navitas' cacao powder to make our morning mocha (i.e., a 1/2 cup of hot chocolate + a demitasse of Turkish coffee.) Suspiciously, the back of Navitas' packaging doesn't have a recipe for hot chocolate. I'm assuming that's because Navitas' cacao powder is processed naturally and is not processed using the Dutch method.
"Dutch process chocolate or Dutched chocolate is chocolate that has been treated with an alkalizing agent to modify its color and give it a milder taste compared to "natural cocoa" extracted with the Broma process." (Wikipedia)
Consequently, cacao that isn't processed using the Dutch method tends to lump when making hot chocolate, but we, thank God, have a solution, which is to mix the cacao and sweetener with cold - not hot milk and cold (Turkish) coffee. (Honestly, we don't know if it's the coldness or the coffee that removes the cacao lumps.) Here's my mocha recipe:
1/2 cup of (grass fed organic whole) milk
3 teaspoons of cacao powder
1 teaspoon of honey
1 teaspoon of (organic cane) sugar [This gives the honey a subtle taste - just a hint.]
1 demitasse cup of Turkish coffee
1. Place the milk and Turkish coffee in a pan (DO NOT HEAT)
2. Place the cacao powder, honey, and sugar in a mug
3. Add three teaspoons of the cold milk to the mug and stir until smooth like chocolate icing
4. Heat the remaining milk, add it to the mug and stir until mixed
Note: Eliminate the Turkish coffee to make hot chocolate. And if you mistakenly heat the milk, simply strain the beverage into another cup before drinking.
|Guittard Dutch\ Processed Cacao Powder|