It’s hot and the air is heavy with rain that won’t fall. When I pulled back the curtains a couple mornings ago, I was super excited as the sky was gloomy and it looked just about ready to pour. We all anticipated it, but it didn’t rain that day. It was just hot and heavy and my long list of blog prep just flew outta my head and I was not able to grasp a single thing that day and wasted it away flipping through recipes and saying, ‘Oh, I could make this, or this, or this!’
Suffice to say I didn’t make either this, this or this and instead settled on accepting the fact that the day was lost. There’s nothing I hate more then a day wasted. Seriously. Whether I’m the one who’s lost track of time or someone has messed up already set plans, a wasted day just rubs me the wrong way. (That kinda rhymes doesn’t it?)
Obviously, my heart also knows how incredibly full my schedule is for the next couple weeks and so has started to taunt me about getting back to writing and picking up my characters’ lives. It only does this when I’ve got exams, or when I’m sick or have no time whatsoever to spend a day typing away at my laptop. So, thanks heart, for that.
Maybe I’ve unconsciously wasted today in an attempt to enjoy the quiet of the house, the free time to browse a novel I loved as a teen, to pitter patter around without being interrupted.
Pretty deep for a milkshake- but apt considering that this one has such a depth of flavor.
There’s this little chocolate café that makes the best ganache, but my absolute favorite is a spiced hot chocolate that they make. After the first time I had it, I kept on going back for it so often that the staff started to recognise me and knew what I’d order before I even sat down.
So playing off of those flavors, I whipped up this Spiced Chocolate Milkshake and let me just tell you how perfect it is! It is incredibly simple to make- just steep the milk with the spices, decant into a mug and leave to cool. A couple scoops of ice cream, a splash of vanilla extract and a blender ready to mix it up is all you need!
Especially during this time of year when it isn’t summer anymore but not quite autumn yet. The spices give you the first whiff of crisp fall mornings all the while keeping you cool through the last throes of summer heat.
The flavors are subtle, the spice doesn’t hit you- we already know that chocolate and cinnamon are a match made in heaven! The nutmeg, chipotle and cloves help deepen the flavor almost giving it a smoky aftertaste.
It’s the perfect accompaniment to a burger, a super easy midnight indulgence or a cool afternoon treat!
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- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
- Pinch of nutmeg
- Pinch of ground cloves
- Pinch of chipotle
- 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder heaped
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 9 scoops vanilla ice cream
- Toppings of choice
In a small saucepan, warm the milk, ground cinnamon, nutmeg, chipotle, cloves and cocoa powder. Bring to a boil just once, then strain and set aside to cool.
Scoop out ice cream into blender.
Add vanilla extract and pour in the cooled milk.
Blend until thick. Pour into glasses and add toppings. Serve cold.