Last Novemember 2013 we did a trip to Baguio. The first stop we made was to the Choco-late de Batirol garden restaurant in Camp John Hay. We got there pretty late and they were already closing up. I begged them to sell us 4 cups. Big mistake. I should have asked for 6. Yes, the extra 2 would have been for me!
It was sooo good! Absolutely divine.
The Choco-late de Batirol is a chocolate drink made from world class chocolate beans from the Philippines. It has this nutty flavor that I just love. They sell these 520 ml bottles at P450 each. Being the hoarder that I am, I bought 2 jars. And naturally, they got pushed all the way back into my pantry.
When I was cleaning out our life last February I saw the 2 bottles. I decided to bring them along for the trip to Kuala Lumpur.
Last night while we were watching old episodes of Scandal, Marco and I had a craving for hot chocolate. I made 2 mugs of Choco-late de Batirol, but the consistency wasn’t the same (it was watery, not at all thick). Well.. I didn’t have a metal mixing pot, or the molinillo (wooden whisk), but as a semi-experienced Filipina baker, I was thinking that I can achieve the same consistency without these items, innovation is key right??? It still tasted pretty awesome though.
With the same perseverance I put whenever a recipe fails, I got up today with one goal: Make a batch of that hot chocolate drink until I get it right!
First, I melted 6 tablespoons of the choco-late in 1/2 cup hot water.
Then I poured 2.5 cups of hot water on a hot pan and put the fire on low.
I poured the choco-late mixture into the pan.
The instructions on the bottle said to cook on low fire for 30 minutes and that’s exactly what I did. But when my timer sounded off it still wasn’t thick. Same watery consistency as last night.
AND THAT did the trick!
It started thickening and I was beyond ecstatic! I poured it into a mug; added 4 packets of brown sugar. Well, maybe I did put 6 packets, don’t judge me, this is suppose to be a safe zone!
I skipped the milk because my SLE doesn’t go well with it. It was ready, a steaming hot cup of THICK Choco-late de Batirol. It was just right.
It’s a perfect day to be on my computer, typing, chatting with Tones, and sipping my hot drink.