Recipe by Kimmie Kooks
With ginger, cardamom and pepper, this spiced chocolate mix is reminiscent of chai tea. Use it alone or to make a rich coffee drink, with or without spirits, or an exquisite fondue to serve with crisp plain cookies, fresh fruit or firm pieces of pound cake. Recipe by Crescent Dragonwagon, "Gifts from Your Kitchen," Relish the Holiday, November 2007.
- 32 ounces good-quality white chocolate, such as Callebaut, chilled and coarsely chopped
- 1 vanilla bean, cut lengthwise and chopped
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1⁄2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons ground cardamom
- 1 teaspoon fresh coarse ground black pepper
- 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
Directions See How It's Made
- Place about 12 ounces chocolate and chopped vanilla bean in food processor. Pulse just until chocolate is granular. Transfer to a large bowl.
- 2. Place about 10 ounces chocolate and ground ginger in processor. Pulse just until chocolate is granular. Add to chocolate-vanilla bean mixture.
- 3. Place remaining chocolate, nutmeg, cardamom and peppers in processor. Pulse just until chocolate is granular. Add to chocolate-vanilla bean mixture. Stir well.
- 4. Spoon into half-pint jars or small zip-lock bags. Makes about 7 ½ cups.
- Hot Chocolate Chai: Pour 1 cup scalded milk into a mug. Add 2 to 4 tablespoons mix; whisk well.
- White Christmas Lattes: Combine equal parts strong coffee and Hot Chocolate Chai.
- White Chocolate Chai Fondue: Heat 1/3 cup heavy cream in a small saucepan over medium heat; add 1 cup mix and whisk.