I have a problem with crowded places. Crowds in general, I guess. Being smooshed together with dozens of strangers(or familiar peeps, for that matter)in any place and situation is pretty much my worst nightmare. As if being a anti-social introvert wasn’t enough, lets add claustrophobia to the mix, right?
For this reason, I always have my Christmas shopping completed by Thanksgiving, at the latest. And no black Friday deal is amazing enough to get me into those crowded stores. Not even if they were offering free copper cookware.
I do know, however, that this is not the norm. I spent many Christmas Eve’s as a child watching my Dad run out for hours at a time to get “a few last minute gifts”, aka “95% of the gifts on his list”. And NO ONE wants to be shopping on Christmas Eve, yet there he was, year after year.
Amid the rushed Holiday frenzy, I thought you all could use a soothing hot drink. Lavender is one of my favorite soothing herbs and it has found its way into many a recipe on this blog, so naturally it has now worked it’s way into hot chocolate. Lavender Milk Hot Chocolate.
I used milk chocolate in this recipe and I highly recommend using a high quality brand. All chocolate is not created equal – Valrhona or Lindt are both good choices with good milk flavor that is not overpowered by the usual cloying sweetness found in cheap milk chocolates. You’ll need less sweetener in the hot chocolate since milk chocolate has a higher sugar content than dark. Since it’s not an overly rich chocolate flavor I find that it pairs nicely with the lavender – both shine equally.
I used lavender essential oil for this drink, but the recipe gives instruction for both oil and dried lavender since I know not everyone uses essential oils in cooking. I will say, however, that using lavender oil (food grade, if you can find it – doTERRA makes a good one) is a much easier method of adding lavender flavor to dishes as it is more potent(only 1 drop is needed for this recipe!) and it doesn’t have the bitter flavor that sometimes develops from steeping lavender buds.
More Hot Drinks?
Thick Italian Spiced Hot Chocolate
Pumpkin Spice White Hot Chocolate
- 1 cup Heavy Cream
- 1 cup Whole Milk
- 2 tablespoons + Maple Syrup
- ½ Vanilla Bean, split lengthwise
- ¼ teaspoon Sea Salt
- ½ teaspoon Dried Lavender Buds or 1 drop Lavender Essential Oil
- 4 ounces Milk Chocolate (use a high quality brand)
- Whipped Cream, to top (sweeten with maple syrup)
- Dried Lavender Buds, to garnish (optional)
- Place the cream, milk, maple syrup, vanilla bean, and sea salt in a saucepan and bring just to a boil. Remove from heat and whisk the dried lavender buds into the mixture, if using. If using essential oil, skip this step. Let steep for 10 minutes.
- Strain the hot chocolate through a fine mesh sieve and discard solids.
- Pour the hot chocolate back in to the same saucepan. Bring just to a simmer, then remove from heat.
- Add the chocolate to the saucepan and let sit for 1 minute. Whisk mixture until chocolate is melted and smooth. Add 1 drop of lavender essential oil, if not using dried lavender and whisk well.
- Taste hot chocolate and add more maple syrup if a sweeter drink is desired.
- Pour into mugs and top with whipped cream and sprinkling of lavender buds.
I have lavender extract. Do you have a suggestion for how much to use instead of the oil or dried?
I would start by whisking in 1/8 teaspoon, tasting, and then adding more to taste, a little at a time 🙂
Your photography has escalated to yet another top-notch level with this post Kayley! Gorgeous props and simple styling are really telling a story here 🙂
Sarah | Well and Full says
It’s so nice to hear other people talk about their dislike of crowds because sometimes I feel so isolated in my claustrophobia! It’s reassuring to know I’m not alone, so thanks for sharing 🙂 <3
Happy to see a La fermiere pot reused for this! I do the same thing. 🙂 The chocolate looks delicious!
Patricia @ ButterYum says
1 cup Heavy Cream Coupons?? FYI
Prudy Blank says
Absolutely beautiful photography.. and a wonderful recipe. I look forward to catching up with your site and Instagram. I’ve been so lax for months, staring at a blank canvas and no clue what to do with it! You’ve made me want to get cooking again! Thank you for that… maybe this weekend will find me back in my kitchen. Finally.
And.. I’m claustrophobic too. 🙂
Angela - Patisserie Makes Perfect says
Kayley this hot chocolate looks so decadent – I love how delicious you make your food and drink look.
This little blue cup really highlights the lavender – love your work Kayley.
Perfect for a rainy afternoon. And the photographs are so enticing.
Thank you Erin!
Klara Donovan says
This sounds sooo good. And the photos are crazy cozy… can I just come curl up in your kitchen?!?!
Amanda @ Cookie Named Desire says
This sounds amazing, I love lavender and chocolate together. I wonder if I could make a maple lavender simple syrup to keep on hand for drinks like this?
Beautiful photos….. keep on rocking !