Saturday, May 25, 2013

Taza Mexicano Chocolate Discs

I discovered Taza Mexicano Chocolate Discs when I created a recipe for an original Chocolate Cookie to enter in two competitions. I ended up a finalist in both contests. The cookie is delicious. I thought I had already posted it on the blog, apparently I haven't.
I will do that some day. Until then, here are three recipes using this amazing chocolate.
I realize that it's not really the best time to post a recipe for Hot Chocolate , but we often drink it on a cold night in summer when camping in the mountains.
I did add an Iced Chocolate version too. I'm also posting a different chocolate cookie recipe. If you love chocolate, you should love Chocolate Mexicano!

Taza Mexicano Chocolate was inspired by a passion for Mexican traditions, they hand carve granite millstones to make the rustic, organic chocolate discs with bright tastes and bold textures.
They are available in the following flavors and can be enhanced with liqueurs to further boost the flavors.

Oaxacan Mole
Salted Almond
Cacao Puro
Chipotle Chile
Guajillo Chile
Salt & Pepper

You can see that there are some amazing options when deciding on a recipe that calls for chocolate.

Taza Mexicano Hot Chocolate for One!

Choose your favorite flavor of chocolate discs
Grate 1 disc ( they come 2 to a package) with a micro plane or cheese grater

It takes 1 disc for 8 ounces of water or milk
In Mexico, Hot Chocolate is typically made with water. For a richer thicker version, use milk. I make it with milk.

In a saucepan, heat milk until just below boiling.
Remove from heat and add grated chocolate.
Mix to prevent chocolate from sticking to the bottom of the pan.

Add any flavoring if using unflavored chocolate or liqueur to enhance a flavored chocolate. ( Rum, Bourbon, Tequila, Vanilla)

Pour the chocolate into an earthenware pitcher and whisk.
Taza de Chocolate is typically served frothy with a head of foam.

Vigorously whisk the chocolate about 2 minutes.
Pour into mugs and garnish with whipped cream and additional grated chocolate .

Peace in the Kitchen!

Taza Iced Chocolate for 2!

1- 2.75 oz. package of your favorite flavor ( 2 discs)
2 C milk
1/4 C water
1/4 sugar
Shaved Chocolate
Whipped Cream

In a saucepan or kettle, heat water to boiling.
Finely shop or grate chocolate and place in a bowl with sugar

Pour boiling water into the bowl & whisk until melted and smooth.
Slowly add cold milk, whisking constantly until smooth.

Fill 2 glasses with ice and add the chocolate.
Top with whipped cream and additional grated chocolate

Peace in the Kitchen!

Taza Chocolate Cookies:

2 packages (4 discs) of your favorite flavor of Taza Chocolate Mexicano
3/4 C flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp baking powder
1 C sugar
1/4 C butter, softened
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla

Grate or chop chocolate into a glass bowl and microwave for 1 minute , almost melted.
Stir until smooth.
Cool to room temperature

In another bowl, combine flour, cinnamon & baking powder

In another bowl, cream sugar and butter with an electric hand mixer until creamy and smooth.
Add egg and beat well
Add cooled chocolate and vanilla and continue to beat until well blended.
Add flour mixture and continue beating until well combined.

Drop spoons full of dough onto a parchment paper lined baking pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, they will be almost set

Remove from oven and cool 2 minutes or until set.

Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.

Peace in the Kitchen!

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