Champurrado (Mexican Hot Chocolate)

"This recipe is from the Nestle Very Best Baking. Champurrado is a tradition in my part of the world on Christmas morning with tamales and sweet bread."
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  • In a large saucepan, combine 8 cups of the water and cinnamon; bring to a boil.
  • Place the remaining water and masa harina in a blender; cover and blend until smooth.
  • Pour the mixture through a fine mesh sieve into the cinnamon-water mixture.
  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low; cook, stirring constantly with wire whisk for 6 to 7 minutes or until thickened.
  • Stir in sugar, chocolate and vanilla extract.
  • Cook, stirring frequently, for 4 to 5 minutes or until chocolate is melted and flavors well blended.

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  1. Lissa L.
    ground up 1/4 to 1/2 cup of oatmeal in a coffee grinder, nuke up the oat powder with a cup of water in microwave, mix it with cocoa and sugar OR sweet chai tea powder, stir in extra 6 oz water, nuke one minute, tada! It works for me too
  2. tornadoes three
    Very good champurrado! It has a good flavor and is creamy as well. Thanks for posting
  3. katia
    Wordeful chocolate! Different than the ones they serve here. But I was lucky to found a Mexican food store next to my office and so I found masa harina and piloncillo cones!!! I used theM for the first time and the result was so good. Now I must found some other recipes that use them, but even if I don't this chocolate is so tasty that it going to be an usual morning beverage. Thanks PaulaG for another keeper. Made it for ZWT3.
  4. kiwidutch
    I had to use regular flour since finding Harina flour here in NL was probably asking a bit much of Dutch supermarkets :) Like ncmystryshopper I also made 1 serving so the amount of flour wasn't big enough to change the taste I think. Piloncillo cones... (Thank heavens for the Kitchen Dictionary to explain that one!) I'm am idiot from a different planet it seems, plain brown sugar it was for me... Heck I had trouble enough finding the cinnamon sticks! The recipe was worth it though... a soft cinnamon choc flavour that's worth a lovely 4 stars. Thanks :)
  5. ncmysteryshopper
    I agree! Delicious! I reduced the recipe to one serving and the 1/8 cup masa harina flour sounded like too much.... so I only added a tablespoon (1/16th). I have had piloncillo cones sitting on my counter for a month and was glad to finally use them! Thanks Paula!


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