It’s been a mad dash (isn’t every year?!), but you’ve almost made it. Presents are wrapped, cards are sent and you’re waiting in your prettiest frock for your loved ones to knock at your door. Take a deep breath and cherish a few quiet moments of the holiday spirit...

Hot White Chocolate With Rum

1 vanilla bean
3 cinnamon sticks
1 teaspoon whole cardamom, lightly crushed
4 cups whole fat milk
4 oz white chocolate
1 tablespoon rum
Whipped cream + 4 crushed peppermint candies for garnish

Cut the vanilla bean in half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds. Place the seeds, bean, cinnamon, cardamon and milk in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil; remove from heat. Let the spices infuse the milk for 20 minutes. Strain & remove the spices. Heat the milk again; add chocolate and rum & stir until the chocolate has melted. Serve with whipped cream and a few pieces of crushed candy. Serves 4.

* images & recipe via [ sweep paul, country living Dec 2010, & snippet & ink ]

Happy Holidays to all!

of le petit happy