…Champurrado for Our Sweet Mother!
On this beautiful feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe we will be celebrating with a few books, coloring pages and food.
I think I've mentioned before that in our family food is a BIG part of the way we celebrate. So, after a conversation with a sweet friend on facebook the other day, I decided to make Champurrado to go with tonight's dinner of shredded chicken burritos and tacos.
Champurrado is a thick Mexican hot chocolate drink. It is traditionally made during Las Posadas (the Christmas season) and other festive Mexican holidays. Mexican chocolate, finely ground corn flour, milk and cinnamon are combined to make this frothy treat. I thought it would be perfect to make this drink in honor of Our Lady's sweetness. :)
Here is a recipe for Champurrado that I found on Foodnetwork.com --
1/4 cup masa harina
(You can usually find this in the Hispanic aisle of your supermarket. We bought ours at Walmart.)
3 1/2 cups cold water
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups of milk
1 (3 oz.) tablet of sweetened Mexican chocolate, flavored with cinnamon
(Again, you can usually find this in the Hispanic aisle of your supermarket. We bought ours at Walmart.)
In a small mixing bowl combine the masa harina with 1/2 cup of water mixing by hand to form a paste. In medium saucepan add the paste and the remaining 3 cups of water. Bring to a boil stirring constantly. Cook slowly for 20 minutes, the mixture will thicken.
While this mixture is simmering, in another saucepan add the milk and bring to a boil. Add the chocolate and cook for about 10 minutes until the chocolate has completely dissolved. Pour the chocolate into the masa harina mixture stirring until well incorporated. With a milinillo or an eggbeater, whisk until a foam forms on the top, about 3 minutes. Serve in a large bowl, spooning some of the foam on top.
Nuestra Dulce Madre Santa Maria de Guadalupe,
ruega por nosotros!