Champurrado ~ A Mexican Hot Chocolate Journey
A sweet recipe to try with your kids at breakfast or during the holiday season.
Tis the season or the perfect time of day to enjoy a special Mexican drink called champurrado. Today we'll talk a little bit about what it is, you can find the ingredients and recipe below as well a free gift.
What is champurrado?
It is an atole-style beverage prepared with Mexican chocolate, along with water or milk and usually includes masa harina (a type of corn flour) that gives it a thick and smooth texture. There's also cinnamon, vanilla , piloncillo added to give it a sweeter flavor.
Champurrado is popular at breakfast, late supper, Christmastime, on special occasions and especially during the cold winter season. It has a wonderful taste and yet so easy to prepare. You and your little one can enjoy making and drinking this historic beverage in the new year.
4 cups of whole milk
1/2 cup of masa harina OR corn flour
2 discs of Mexican chocolate (also called "chocolate de mesa" - table chocolate)
1 stick of cinnamon or 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon powder
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
1 or 2 cones of piloncillo or down brown sugar
*** NOTE *** The two most common brands of Mexican chocolate are Abuelita (made by Nestle) and Ibarra (made in Jalisco). Large supermarkets and Mexican grocery stores may also stock both brands.
Step 1: Heat the mixture
In a medium saucepan (or pot), milk, Mexican chocolate, piloncillo and a cinnamon stick.
Bring the mixture to heat on the stove until the chocolate has melted and the piloncillo has dissolved. Remove the saucepan from the stove and discard the cinnamon stick.
Step 2: Combine
Add masa harina to some warm water. Whisk the mixture continuously until smooth. Combine the masa harina mixture, vanilla extract and salt to the saucepan. Whisk vigorously to maintain a smooth taste.
Step 3: Serve
Lower the heat. Continue to cook and whisk for an additional 7 minutes until the mixture is thick, creamy and smooth. Now it's time to pour and serve.
*** Champurrado can be prepared various ways. You may start with masa harina and warm water first or as shown in the steps above.***
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