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Food of the Gods

Mayan chocolate discs

Real Mayan chocolate from the Yukatan, Mexico.

Another great score from Mexico ~

Hand made in the Yukatan, the only ingredient in this chocolate is cacao. We spoke with the woman who made it, and she told us how to prepare Mayan-style hot chocolate:

Blend for 1 minute: 1 disc of chocolate with 1 liter of hot water (or hot milk). The hot chocolate should be nice and foamy. Serves 4.

This will produce a very bitter drink. I'll add 1 - 2 Tbsp of Mexican honey and a splash of vanilla when I make it.

Besides honey and vanilla, other ingredients traditionally included can be: cinnamon, chillies, anise seeds, sesame seeds, ground corn, allspice, achiote, and aromatic flowers.

Magical Parchment Paper

Baking cookies on parchment paper

In case you didn't know - baking with parchment paper is like magic!

Line a cookie sheet with cooking parchment, and bake cookies directly on it (rather than on a greased pan). Your cookies will come right off with no problems: they will not stick to the parchment paper and your pan will be clean! You can also line a loaf or cake pan with it: the cake will come right out of the pan and the parchment paper will easily peel off the cake or loaf. As well, the paper is somewhat heat-resiatant, and can be handled soon after being pulled out of the oven.

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