I’ve been mourning the lack of bone broth lately. Since moving to the San Francisco Bay Area, I’ve been scrambling to find grass fed beef and lamb, and pastured poultry.
I was finally able to order a whole lamb and 1/2 cow at a good price, but it will be a little bit of a wait before they are processed and transferred to my freezer. I still haven’t been able to find pastured soy/corn-free chickens for less than $7/lb. I’ve had to do a lot of rearranging in the grocery budget and some hard work searching for deals to keep food costs reasonable.
Still, having no chicken and no beef bones means no chicken and beef stock, which seriously limits my ability to make, well, EVERYTHING it seems! I’m used to having 1-2 gallons of bone broth on hand at a time. Now I have zero. That means no egg drop soup for breakfast, less robust stews and curries (using water just isn’t the same), and no homemade pho or tom kha gai.
No broth for breakfast, means no medium for my eggs. Or so I thought… Until I had this grand idea to whisk one into a cup of hot chocolate instead!
Let me tell you, the result was a decadent cup of hot chocolate, with a thick creamy texture and silky-smooth mouthfeel. It was like drinking the richest cream—liquid chocolate. HeavenlyI also added a spoonful of pastured butter, just because. Now, who can feel bad about a breakfast like that? ;)
To make Knock-Your-Socks-Off Hot Chocolate
In a small saucepan, whisk the egg together with the milk. Add the other ingredients. Only after all ingredients are in the pan, continue whisking and turn heat to medium. Whisk the ENTIRE TIME so that the egg doesn’t cook into clumps. Remove from heat when the milk is warmed and all the cacao powder has mixed in. Sip slowly and enjoy. :)
I just made this again for the bazillionth time. We love it! But, as I was standing there trying to whisk in all the cacao powder, it occurred to me: why not throw this in the vitamix on the soup setting?!
If you have a vitamix you must try it this way! It warms up and adds a nice froth on top! I don’t think I’ll ever prepare this on the stove top again.
Thanks for the great recipe! (PS it tastes just like my old favorite Godiva Dark Hot Chocolate that I gave up years ago when I stopped eating processed foods. Amazing! Love at first taste!)
Oh! What a lovely idea! I have a Vitamix! Thanks for commenting. :)
Thankyou SO much for sharing this recipe :D We have a hobby farm near Calgary Canada and I’m quite often outside in frigid temps for hours at a time,this is such a welcome ‘treat’ when I head back to the house. I’m lucky enough to be raising hens and we also own a Jersey cow so we have an endless supply of raw milk and pastured eggs. I’m not usually a fan of whipped cream on hot drinks because I have raw cream on hand I dolloped some on top….just because I can! lol Second time around I tried it with just a pinch of chilli powder which worked great too
That sounds lovely! How wonderful that you have raw milk and pastured eggs all the time! :)
thank you so much for this recipe! i made a butterscotch version of it tonight too (based off of this with half the sugar–still too sweet!:http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2008/02/a-butterscotch/) sooo luscious! and thanks again–i think i found my supplement to help with the “scrawny @ss syndrome” that happens every time im breastfeeding!
Looks delish. Moved to Madison, WI from SF, CA. Try looking at http://www.realfoodbayarea.com/ for ideas or to purchase from directly. We were a host site when they first started. Oh, how I miss them! Not sure where in the Bay area you are, but they deliver all over.
As for chickens, you can try Chaffin Farms but it’s seasonal. We used to do a cow share and get meat from Prather Ranch.
Made this tonight. Fantastic. See if the kids taste the difference. I usually just use cocoa, milk and sugar. I did use Ahlaska organic cocoa powder and added a little more sugar. If all goes well with the kiddos, I will use raw cacao and add more honey or syrup to sweeten. I love one person’s idea to add some chia seeds for morning breakfast!
We just tried your recipe in the vitamix. We put it on the soup mode, which is 7 minutes, and it turned out really good. Thank you! Trying your pudding recipe next! Thank you!
Try http://www.massanaturalmeats.com – their grass fed beef is amazing and they are adding products!
The weather has just gotten cool enough for hot chocolate or hot cider, and I had neither when the craving hit. This was so much better than any mixes I’ve ever found, and almost as simple. Thanks!
Here is a list of pastured/sustainable meat butcher shops in the bay area. http://sfist.com/2013/08/14/best_butchers_in_san_francisco.php
Marin Sun Farms has meat CSA you can subscribe to.
I love berkely bowl but I do not love the meat department. I bought “organic/pastured” ground pork to compare with the non-organic version and it looked and tasted exactly the same…like dirty dish water.