Monday, September 26, 2011

Pumpkin Pie Cocoa

I spent a good bit of time the past couple of days "whipping up" (and yes, I did use the term facetiously here) the meal we enjoyed for dinner tonight, and that graces the cover of the October 2011 issue of Bon Appetit.  It is a good one (stay tuned later in the week for the results and step-by-step tutorial), but it took up so much time that I thought I deserved a break.  

So I decided to enjoy the beautiful day, put my feet up, and peruse the latest issue of Everyday with Rachael Ray (I do seem to have a one-track mind, don't I?).  Craving something pumpkin (as I tend to do this time of the year), this recipe leapt off the page at me, and sent me right back into the kitchen.  Pumpkin and chocolate (for those of you know don't know) is an excellent combination. It was nearly a year ago when I first acquainted you with this combo in the recipe for Harvest Pumpkin Loaf. Now here I am again acquainting you with yet another and, people, this one is DECADENT! I groaned when I took my first sip, that's how good it is. Since I only wanted to make one cup I cut the recipe in half.  I used Williams-Sonoma's Sweet Ground Chocolate instead of hot cocoa mix (pricey but well worth it), and added a pinch of pumpkin pie spice to the whipped cream.

Try it.  Go ahead.  I'm sure you deserve it.

Pumpkin Pie Cocoa

2 1/4 cups low-fat milk
1/2 cup hot cocoa mix
3 tbsp. canned pure pumpkin puree
1 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1/2 cup whipped cream

In a saucepan, whisk milk, cocoa mix, pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice; heat until steaming. Pour into mugs and top with whipped cream.

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Jacqueline said...

So yummy sounding and sooooooo pretty. That mug is just incredible!

Janet Rudolph said...

Yummy! I need to make this! Love your mug!

Dee said...

This looks fabulous! I can almost smell this delicious looking sweetness! We also cooked up some delicious recipes from Bon Appetit. We made the stuffed Pork Loin, it was the kind of meal we may be repeating for the holidays. I am just so impressed by so many of the Fall recipes right now. Guess after this hot summer we are all ready for the cooler days ahead.

Inspired by eRecipeCards said...

Delicious! It sounds so good. And very timely, love seeing all those pumpkins popping up at the store and the markets this week!

Thank you so much for being such an active part of

All of your posts are just beautifully delicious!


Vanessa Coppa said...

Hubby bought me some pumpkin spice coffee something-of-other the other day and it was delicious. I was hoping I could find a pumpkin drink out there as a little treat. I will definitely try this!

Liberty said...

how easy - even better using this: maybe...

Jenna @ Newlyweds said...

How delicious!!! I love pumpkin and chocolate too, now that mug is super cute!!

~~louise~~ said...

I deserve it now!!! My coffee is cold:) Heaveny, Patti. Cute mug too:)

Thanks for sharing...

The Tablescaper said...

I can see why this sent you back into the kitchen. It sounds magnificent.

- The Tablescaper