Spiced Hot Chocolate


6 cups whole milk

1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and seeds scraped out

2 cinnamon sticks

1 Thai chili pepper, halved

10 oz milk chocolate, chopped

2 tbsp local honey

l tbsp ground walnuts

Whipped cream


In a saucepan, heat milk, vanilla bean, cinnamon sticks and chili pepper over medium heat until bubbles appear around the edges, about 10 minutes. Reduce heat to low and add chocolate and honey; cook, whisking occasionally, until chocolate is melted and honey dissolves, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat.

Strain hot chocolate and discard solids (vanilla bean, cinnamon sticks and chili pepper). If chocolate is too thick, thin with a little more milk. Serve in small cups and offer ground walnuts and whipped cream to garnish.

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