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One of the advantages of being at home with children is that you get to create delicious meals. An addition to any meal is a delectable dessert. Many desserts use chocolate as a core ingredient or flavor. There are a few different ways that you can use cocoa powder to make a sweet treat that the entire family will enjoy.
On a cold winter day, there is nothing like a hot cup of cocoa. All you need to do is add enough milk to a saucepan so that everyone has plenty in their mug. Add the powder to the milk, stirring frequently to get a creamy consistency. Pour the beverage into festive mugs, and enjoy a nice evening with your family sitting around a fire or watching a holiday movie.
A chocolate cake is an idea that can go from basic to detailed with only a few added ingredients and decorations. Mothers can make cakes for birthdays or for a special occasion that celebrates an achievement by members of the family, such as a graduation. While at home, you can take the time to perfect the cake so that it’s moist and has all of the flavors that you want to include. The cocoa that is used is an item that can create a delicious balance between sweet and bitter at times. You can add fruits to the cake or creams that blend well with the chocolate. After the cake is baked, you can decorate it in various ways with frostings of any color.
If you want something savory, consider adding a small amount of cocoa to flour. Add a few spices, and you have a breading for chicken that is sweet and spicy. It also gives just the right amount of crunch to the dish that you might not get with a traditional coating of flour. Another idea is adding cocoa to a gravy mixture for a sweet taste. Sweeten breakfast in the morning with a bit of chocolate in oatmeal or on cereal.
Once you find your niche in the kitchen, you can make a different dish every night of the week for your family that includes the sweet taste of cocoa.