Azteca Cocoa Rice Pudding
The Aztecs believed that cacao seeds were the gift of Quetzalcoatl, the God of wisdom who was hated by the other gods for giving cacao to humans. The seeds had so much value they were used as a form of currency. Originally prepared only as a drink, chocolate was served bitter and spicy. Often this gift from the gods was reserved for royalty and religious leadership. It was believed to give strength and so was added to a soldier's rations. Later it was seen as an aphrodisiac which made it much more popular. I have used their spirit as inspiration for this sweet and spicy rice pudding.
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For a special sacred experience, double the cayenne pepper (2 tablespoons) and reduce the sugar by half (1/2 cup). Enjoy it the way the Aztecs would have!
For best results, cover and refrigerate overnight.