Shaker Recipe of the Month

Church Family Kitchen - Hancock Shaker Village
Kitchen of the Church Family, Hancock Shaker Village
Frank Leslie’s Popular Monthly, September 1873

November 2015

Shaker Hot Chocolate

2 ounces (squares) unsweetened chocolate 2 cups boiling water
1/2 cup sugar 3 cups scalded milk
1 teaspoon corn starch 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt

Melt chocolate in the top of a double boiler over boiling water. In a bowl, mix cornstarch, sugar and salt and add boiling water; mix thoroughly. Add to melted chocolate, and remove double boiler top to range top. Bring to a boil and boil one minute. Add hot, scalded milk gradually while beating mixture with a hand mixer or wire whisk. Beat in vanilla. Top with sweetened, whipped cream if desired. Serve in warmed mugs. Makes 5 to 6 mugs.

Sister Abigail, North Union

This and other Shaker recipes can be found in Shaker Cook Book, by Caroline Piercy and Arthur Tolve (Bowling Green, Ohio, Gabriel’s Horn Publishing Co., 1984). Used by permission.

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