Monthly Archives: December 2006

Hot Chocolypto

When I saw the teaser trailer to Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto, I was captivated by the imagery and sound. I knew two– no, three things– I wanted to see the movie, I wanted to make a cooking show in the style of that trailer, and I knew right away the perfect recipe to go with it– Hot Chocolate.
I know, I know– Cocoa? Really?
Yes, really– with a little Central American twist– cayenne pepper. It makes the Cocoa’s warming effects seem to last longer, adds a nice dimension to the flavor, and gives it a nice kick.
So watch the vid, which only took about 10 minutes to video tape, but about 8 hours of working with the sounds to get the mimicry right.
Oh yeah, the recipe:
1 heaping teaspoon of cocoa
2 heaping teaspoons of sugar
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
1 cup Milk
Get a container for shaking– you’re going to be making a chocolate slurry. What’s a slurry? You’ll see…
Add the cocoa, sugar, cinnamon, pepper, and 1/3 cup of milk to the container. Put a lid on the container and give it a good shaking for about 20 seconds. Congratulations, you now have a chocolate slurry.
Grab you favorite, microwavable mug and pour the slurry into it. Pour in the rest of the milk and give it a little stir.
Microwave until hot– timing depends on your microwave. In mine, about 1 minute and 20 seconds gets it there. Any longer and it could foam over– just keep an eye on it.

Save That Cake!

How to Save That Cake!
Saving cakes from overcooking or even burning isn’t too difficult. As in the video, sometimes it’s a simple matter of adding a little bit of liquid to the cake. In the show I use Raspberry Liquor, however there’s a whole slew of liquors or even other liquids you can use to juice the cake:
Banana Liquor
Cherry Liquor
Kahlua/Coffee Liquor
Bailey’s Irish Cream
Grand Marnier
Vanilla Liquor
Espresso
Sugar Water/Syrup
Flavored Syrups
If you’ve burnt the cake– cut off the burnt parts and see what other directions you can take with what’s left:
– Cut the remains into fun shapes and top with ice cream and hot fudge
– Layer it with pie filling or pudding
– Mix with pie filling and serve hot over ice cream
Just let your imagination take over– I mean you’ve burnt the cake, what else is there to lose?!