|La Cocina~The Kitchen|
Mexican Hot Chocolate
recipe calls for semisweet chocolate; try a Mexican chocolate such as
milk and spices to simmer in heavy large saucepan over medium heat. Add
chocolate, cocoa and sugar; whisk until chocolate melts. Remove from heat.
Cover; let steep 45 minutes. Bring hot chocolate just to simmer. Mix in
liqueur. Strain into 4 mugs.
In a large bowl, mix the flour, yeast, sugar, salt and aniseed with your fingers unil well incorporated. Make a well in the center. Add the eggs, lard, butter and 1 cup of water and mix.
Put the dough in a greased bowl. Spread the top of the dough with a little lard or oil so it will not dry out. Cover with a damp cloth and put in a warm place. Let the dough rise util doubled in size, about 45 minutes.
Punch down the dough, knead it a few minutes., and divide it into two balls. Form round loaves, the place them on a piece of waxed paper or a floured baking sheet, allowing space for the bread to increase in size. Wet the sesame seeds with a little water, drain them, and place them in a shallow bowl. Dip your fingers into the seeds and pat them on the top of each loaf. Alow the dough to rise for 15 miutes then cut a slit in the top, using a sharp knife. Allow to rise for 15 more minutes.
Preheat oven to 350f.
Bake for 45 minutes or until top is nicely browned and the bread has a hollow sound when tapped. Allow to cool completely before you cut it, or it will smush down nd won't rise back up again. It is a very soft bread so don't stack loaves either.
The bread will keep for weeks wrapped in a cloth in a plastic bag. The bread is traditionally dipped into a bowl of hot chocolate so it doesn't matter if it dries out like a biscuit. It's also great for French Toast.
Sugar Skulls ~ Dias de los Muertos
2 cups powdered sugar
1. Sift powdered
Place the olive oil
in a large saute pan or skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic
and saute until the onions are translucent and soft. Add the tomatoes,
oregano, basil, cumin, and pepper. Continue to cook until the tomatoes
are soft then puree the mixture in a blender or food processor. Set aside.
Bring the water to
a boil in a large soup pot and add the chicken pieces, bay leaves and
epazote. When the water comes back to a boil skim off the foam that rises
to the surface then add the pureed vegetable mixture and tomato paste.
Simmer over a low
heat uncovered for 20 minutes or until the chicken is cooked and tender.
Remove the chicken and when cool enough discard the skin and bones and
shred the meat. Set the meat aside. Add the bell pepper, celery, zucchini
and carrot to the broth and cook about 10 minutes or until tender. Remove
the vegetables, set aside and salt the broth to taste.
While the soup is
cooking, parboil the diced potato in salted water until tender. Drain
and pat the cubes dry on paper towels. Heat the oil in a saute pan or
skillet and fry the potato cubes until brown. Remove, drain on paper towels
and set aside.
In the same oil fry the tortilla strips in small batches until crispy. Place on paper towels to drain. To serve divide the vegetables and potato cubes among the soup bowls. Add to each, in order, the tortilla strips, spinach, shredded chicken, cubed avocado and cheese. Pour the boiling broth into the soup bowls and serve immediately.