I woke up to a chilly morning today that a having cup of hot chocolate sounds like a good idea over my usual (3-in-1 instant) coffee. And I wanted to have the "real thing", not the Swiss Miss kind! I am talking about making hot chocolate using tablea (it is a Spanish word which means tablet), which are chunky chocolate discs/blocks that are made from pure cacao beans.
Back home, we actually use the chocolate "paste" kind that comes in bottles. I think that the one that we use has ground peanuts too besides the cacao. I say this because there was one time, when I was a little girl, I remember seeing my dad grind some peanuts (using a stone mill) to be used for the chocolate paste. What makes this chocolate drink (we call it tsokolate de batirol) unique is how it is prepared.
My mom uses a wooden molinillo (all these years I thought it was called a batidor!) to whisk together the chocolate, milk and water in a pitcher-like vessel made of brass called . . .batidor! (so this is the batidor! If you're like me who didn't know too, well, isn't it nice that we learned something new today?! Haha) I just learned about these things today while writing this post. Thanks to Chocolate de Batirol's website!
|Image from Chocolate de Batirol's website|
I haven't tried preparing this kind hot chocolate on my own (because my Mom or Ate Fely were always there to do it, teehee) until I moved to LA. Armed with the chocolate tablea my Aunt gave me and the things I remember from the many times I've seen it being prepared at home, I tried my best to make one and hoped that its taste would be close to what I had at home.
I used the following ingredients:
2 pcs of tablea
1 cup of water
Evaporated milk - depends on how milky you want your drink
2 tbsp of white sugar
1 tbsp peanut butter - Yes, you read that right! Peanut Butter!
* Since I don't have a molinillo and bitador. I just used a wire whisk and a saucepan.
Boil the water over medium heat and add the tablea pieces. Using a wire whisk, stir the mixture continuously until the tablea completely dissolves. Add sugar and evaporated milk and stir. Over low hear, simmer for a few minutes.
Then add the ingredient that makes this hot chocolate simply the best. . . .peanut butter!
Whisk and stir until the peanuts butter blends with the mixture.
The peanut butter gives this hot chocolate a really nice nutty flavor and a thick consistency which I am looking for.
I am so, sooooo happy how my cup turned out!
Was it good?
What I can tell you is. . . . I was home.