Every night before Timley goes to bed, his devoted (a little too devoted, in Timley’s mind) mother brings him a cup of hot cocoa. At Christmastime, she makes it a little extra-special!
Here’s the recipe (it makes 6 servings):
1/2 c. sugar
1/4 c. cocoa
1/3 c. hot water
4 c. milk
3/4 t. vanilla extract
If you have the good fortune of finding a vanilla bean pod when scavenging around the town bakery’s garbage, split it open with your sharp front teeth, put it in a container with superfine sugar, and let it infuse for awhile. Substitute the vanilla extract for a teaspoon of vanilla sugar in each cup of cocoa just before serving. Vanilla sugar can also be found at Scandinavian specialty shops. Enjoy! You can keep replacing sugar in the container with the vanilla bean for up to a year for more vanilla-flavored sugar.