Sunday, April 16, 2017

Hot Chocolate-delicious, fun, festive!

You can buy hot chocolate and spend a lot of money-or you can make it yourself at home, save money, and have fun with the family.  My family makes hot chocolate using plain chocolate syrup, or those hot chocolate powdered packages.  (I've tried melting chocolate and doing it from scratch...honestly, like brownies, the store bought stuff is pretty good, cheaper, quicker)
The using milk.  Forget using water-you'll never get that rich, creamy, and delicious taste without milk.  We like to use 1% or 2% milk.  Warm the milk in a pot on the stove, or simply pop it into the microwave for 1.5 minutes.  Stir in the chocolate.  Here's the clincher...adding the whipped cream makes it AMAZING.  There's just something about the milk and the cream that just can't be beat. We use the whipped cream from Costco. I put out different candy sprinkles-different colors, shapes, etc. for the different holidays.  The kids have fun decorating their hot chocolate.  It looks as good as it tastes!

Best Butter Mochi Recipe-quick and easy!

This recipe is the BEST butter mochi recipe.  I receive lots of compliments whenever I make it for parties, for work, for my family.  The best part is it is quick, easy, bakes in one 9x13" pan, and you don't need to refrigerate it.

1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
1 box Mochiko flour (16 oz)
2 1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp baking powder
3 cups milk (I use 2% or 1%)
5 eggs, beaten
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup shredded or flaked coconut

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Melt butter and cool.
Combine Mochiko, sugar and baking powder,  Combine remaining ingredients to the dry mixture.
Pour into 9x13" pan and bake for one hour.
Cool and cut into squares.  I find using a plastic knife to cut the butter mochi is easiest so the knife won't stick to the mochi.  This does not need to be refrigerated.  It will last 2-3 days in moderate temperature.