I have to admit, I can be a grumpy, discontent, ungrateful old hag. I have to say, I have a tendency to look at the glass half empty instead of half full, to complain about the little things and sweat the small stuff, to focus on the negative and wallow on everything that’s wrong. But always, God in His infinite wisdom has a way of shutting me up and showing me what really matters. A couple of nights ago, I was grumbling to G about the central heat in the condo being set too low when the news came on about the Typhoon Hagupit about to hit the Philippines. While thousands of people are about to face the wrath of nature and be evacuated from their homes, there I was in the safety of my home, comfy and toasty under thick blankets, cuddled on the sofa enjoying my favorite TV show, gingerly sipping a decadent cup of piping hot tsokolate. AND I was whining about temperature being off a few degrees. I am sorry but I can be such a sorry joke sometimes. To our kababayans, please keep safe. My prayers are with you.
My childhood was filled with delicious memories of this rich and creamy tsokolate. My aunt, who was one of the selfless people I know, would always prepare a huge pot on Christmas for the nieces and nephews to enjoy throughout the day. I remember us then-little ones gathered around her in the kitchen, watching and waiting in earnest while she vigorously twirled the batidor between her hands to introduce inviting froth into the chocolate drink. Her tsokolate was truly special, with a couple or so tablespoons of peanut butter added for extra indulgence. Yes, PB! Folks, believe me, peanut butter and chocolate=best combo ever. Even now that I am a grown woman in my forties, tsokalate remains one of my favorite comforts. Rain or shine, holiday or not, I like to enjoy a cup or two every now and then. Unlike my aunt, however, I don’t have the perseverance to tackle the wooden baton. I prefer the convenience of my battery-operated milk frother pictured below. A simple flip of a switch, I get the desired froth! If you want the whole authentic shebang, batidor are sold at Amazon for less than $15. If you are all about instant gratification like me, the frother I use is less than $10.
- 4 cups milk
- 1 (7 ounces) roll tablea cacao
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- In a pot over medium heat, heat milk just until bubbles begin to form around the edge and steam begins to rise from the milk. Stir regularly to prevent film layer from forming.
- Add the tablea and continue to cook, stirring regularly, until completely dissolved. Add peanut butter and stir until dissolved. If using sugar, add at this point.
- Transfer into a serving pot. Twirl batidor in chocolate mixture for about 2 to 3 minute or until frothy. If using a mechanical frother, insert frother whisk into serving pot and holding at a slight angle, turn on and move up and down for about 30 to 40 seconds or until frothy. Serve hot.