Tomorrow is El Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, and I’m up to my elbows preparing a feast. In honor of Elena and her favorite day of the year, here are two recipes from THE LOST RECIPE FOR HAPPINESS. For more recipes, such as one for tamales (excellent at Christmas), you will find the book in a local bookstore. Or online here.
Pan de Muerto (Bread of the Dead)
1/2 cup of butter
MAYAN HOT CHOCOLATE
6 cups of milk
1 mild green chile, roasted, skinned and chopped
1/2 vanilla bean, cut in half lengthwise
1/2 cup granulated raw sugar
3 oz Mexican style chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 tsp cinnamon
Measure fresh cold milk into a heavy saucepan, and stir in the chile. Scrape the vanilla bean into the milk and break up the pod. Add sugar, chocolate, cinnamon, and salt. Heat over medium heat until the chocolate melts and the milk is steaming hot, but not boiling. Remove from heat and strain, then pour it back into the saucepan.
Beat the eggs in a mixing bowl. Stir one cup of the hot milk mixture into the eggs and stir vigorously, then pour eggs into saucepan and beat with a whip or molinillo until it’s as foamy as a bubble bath. Pour into hefty mugs and garnish with cinnamon sticks. An excellent seduction drink.