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Chocolate has been a part of our culture since the time of the Aztecs, when it was prepared as a drink with spices and corn masa. Even to this day, we love to enjoy Champurrado, especially during the holiday season. This recipe is for the classic water-based Champurrado, but you can also make it using milk, and can even add some cloves or orange peel for some extra flavor. Whichever way you prepare this popular drink, I’m sure you’ll enjoy sharing it with your loved ones during these holidays!
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I hope you like my gift recommendations, and prepare this delicious “Champurrado” to enjoy while reading your favorite books or watching a nice holiday movie with your family.
MAKES ABOUT 8 CUPS
- 8 cups of water
- 5 oz. of piloncillo or ½ cup of sugar
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 2 Mexican Chocolate tablets (6.5 ounces)
- ¾ cup of masa harina (corn flour)
- Some people like a very thick consistency. Try the recipe with the ingredients mentioned above, and if you still want a thicker consistency, then add 2 or 4 more tablespoons of masa harina mixed with ½ cup of water.
- You can use half the amount of water and half of milk, or just milk to make the Champurrado.
1. Place 6 cups of water in a large saucepan along with the piloncillo and the cinnamon stick. Heat water until it starts boiling and then reduce the heat and allow to simmer for about 10 minutes until the piloncillo has melted. If you are using regular sugar, this step will take less time, since the sugar will dissolve in about 4-5 minutes.
2. Once the piloncillo or sugar has dissolved, add the 2 Mexican Chocolate Tablets and allow about 5 minutes to dissolve, stirring from time to time.
3. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, pour the other 2 cups of water and mix in the masa harina. Mix well with an egg beater if possible to avoid forming any clumps. Make sure you have a very creamy texture.
3. When the chocolate has completely dissolved, slowly pour the masa harina mixture into the saucepan while stirring, to make sure there are no clumps. If you want to be safe and avoid masa harina clumps, use a strainer to pour the mixture.
4. Turn the heat to medium-high until the Champurrado starts boiling, and then reduce the heat to low and gently simmer, stirring constantly. After 6-8 minutes the mixture will thicken. Allow to cook for 5 more minutes. Be careful while serving the champurrado, its thick consistency keeps the drink extremely hot!
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Enjoy and Happy Holidays!
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