Puff Pastry Cinnamon Sticks & Mexican Hot Cocoa (by Today’s Nest)
For the hot cocoa
- 2 cups of milk
- 1 round (6 segments) Mexican chocolate
- 1/2 vanilla bean
- 1/4 teaspoon ground dried chili pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- pinch of salt
- whipped cream
For the cinnamon twists:
- 1 sheet puff pastry dough
- 3 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- zest of 1/2 an orange
For the hot cocoa:
- Place the milk, chocolate, salt, ground chili, and cinnamon in a medium saucepan.
- Scrape the seed from the inside of the half of the vanilla bean and put them in the milk.
- Cook over medium heat until warmed and the chocolate is completely melted.
- Use the molinillo by quickly rolling back and forth between your palms until you get a thick frothy layer.
- Pour into two cups
- Top with whipped cream and a bit of crushed chili.
- Serve warm.
For the cinnamon sticks:
- Preheat oven to 400.
- Place sugar, cinnamon, and orange zest in a small bowl and mix well.
- Spread the pastry dough out on a lightly floured surface.
- Brush entire pastry surface with melted butter.
- Sprinkle on cinnamon sugar.
- Flip pastry over and repeat butter and cinnamon sugar process.
- Cut pastry in thin strips about 1 cm wide.
- Grabbing ends in each hand twist gently in opposite directions.
- Place on parchment lined baking sheet.
- Bake until golden brown (about 20 min).
- Remove and allow to cool completely.
Source: Flickr / olivenine
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