This past weekend I was the ultimate procrastinator in getting my Christmas treats and coquito done for the holiday season! I remember celebrating solstice and making happy brew and loads of cookies.....I mean, I think I gave everyone in my family a LARGE tray of cookies that could feed at least 50 people! Those were the wonderful holiday seasons when my Mother and Grandmother were still around, they were Christmas Fanatics! My grandmother would re-decorate the whole house from top to bottom, she even put out Christmas plates, soaps, and pillow cases!
My mother always went overboard with the lights, her whole house had twinkling lights (that she managed to keep up for at least 3 months after Christmas) from top to bottom it seemed. My dad on the other hand played the role of scrooge and bah humbugged his way through December only to become a kid at a candy store on Christmas Day! I don't know whose face lit up more when I opened my gifts...his or mine....probably his!
Being so far away from home this holiday season perhaps put a slow motion clock on my baking mood, but I did manage to make some yummy treats none the less.
Here is the recipe for my Chocolate Lovers Delight Coquito that I mention on my Being Latino Blog Post on holiday drinks.
1 can Coco Lopez
1 can Evaporated Milk
1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk
5 scoops Vanilla Ice Cream
1 Pkt. Nestle Cafecito instant coffee, or the new Viva from Starbucks
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 vanilla bean, scraped, seeds placed in blender, or you can just use 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 round bars Nestle Abuelita drinking chocolate
1/2 cup Coconut Milk
1 cup Rum (or more to taste) (add last)
1) heat up coconut milk and Abuelita chocolate bars until it is completely melted and is the consistency of choclate syrup, set to the side and cook off for 20 mins
2) Add coco lopez, evaporated and condensed milks and remaining ingredients to your blender.
3) Add 1 cup cooled Abuelita Syrup to the blender and mix for about 1 minute, until the color is consistent.
4) Add Rum
5) Have a glass and enjoy!
Stay tuned for my Rum Bundt Cake Recipe!!