Champurrado

by nibblesandfeasts on November 27, 2012

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Growing up in Texas, I encountered many cold snowy days, walking home from elementary school through freezing slush and icy sidewalks. Melting icicles dripped in symphony from the mulberry trees that lined my street and fireplaces permeated the air with burning mesquite. Coming home to the smell of champurrado in the making was as if a welcoming, soft fleece blanket covered me in warmth and comfort.

The long freezing walks made it all worthwhile to finally experience that particular moment when my mom handed me the thick, steaming clay mug, filled with creamy champurrado.   The chocolate masa beverage in the mug warmed my hands and my mom’s gesture truly warmed my heart.

We especially enjoyed it at our December posadas next to tamales on our plate ,  or as a cozy breakfast drink accompanying our huevos rancheros at our breakfast table.

Champurrado is customarily prepared in the winter around the holidays.  I’ve made several variations of it by adding anise or vanilla bean.  It really is up to the taster’s preference on what version is the best.

This recipe below is my favorite way to enjoy a nice frothy cup of champurrado.  Create your own by experimenting with winter spices and sweet additions.

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Champurrado

Yield: 4

Ingredients

  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 cup water
  • ¼ cup Maseca (corn flour)
  • 1 Mexican chocolate tablet
  • 2 medium piloncillo cones
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (or 2 large cinnamon sticks)
  • 1 anise star

Instructions

  1. In a large pot over medium heat, whisk to bled flour with water until thickened. About 6 minutes. Add chocolate tablet, piloncillo, anise star and cinnamon and continue whisking until chocolate and piloncillo have melted.
  2. Add milk gradually, continuing to whisk until all ingredients are mixed well. Remove anise star and cinnamon sticks. Serve hot.
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Yvette ~ Muy Bueno November 28, 2012 at 10:21 am

LOVE your beautiful mugs and cutting boards. Gorgeous photos girl!

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nibblesandfeasts November 28, 2012 at 10:49 am

Thanks Yvette!

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Isabel Garcia November 28, 2012 at 10:35 am

Awesome post and photos! This is one of my mom’s favorite morning and evening drinks on chilly days con pan dulce.

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nibblesandfeasts November 28, 2012 at 10:50 am

Thank you Isabel! It’s the best tasting with pan dulce, yum!!

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Valentina November 28, 2012 at 10:39 am

love this recipe AND those super cozy, beautiful mugs!

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nibblesandfeasts November 28, 2012 at 10:50 am

Thank you Valentina!

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Anne Younger November 28, 2012 at 11:02 am

This post makes me want to curl up with a blanket in front of the fireplace!

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Shauna November 28, 2012 at 11:37 am

Wow, I have never heard of Champurrado – but sounds delish!!!

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Meagan Paullin November 28, 2012 at 12:07 pm

I was so distracted by the awesomeness of that board that I could barely read anything else, lol.

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mel November 28, 2012 at 1:20 pm

I never heard of CHampurrado but it sounds wonderful! I love the mug:)

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Cristine November 28, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Thanks for sharing. I’m always looking for different drinks to serve at our cookie exchange. I think that this might make the list.

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Jasmine Forte November 28, 2012 at 4:25 pm

That sounds soooo good right now! I’ll bring the sweet bread! :)

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Natalia November 28, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Yo quiero champurrado! Estoy enfermita y me caería de maravilla!

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Presley's Pantry November 28, 2012 at 8:09 pm

Mmmmmmmm Champurrado sounds perfect for today’s cold….. I could taste it just by looking at the pics. :)

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Bren @ Flanboyant Eats™ November 29, 2012 at 5:28 am

I need those mugs! Like now. Que rico.

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Justice Jonesie November 29, 2012 at 6:16 am

Looks delicious- and agree with Bren- beautiful mugs!

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Shelby Barone November 29, 2012 at 8:11 am

Wow!! Your photos are amazing!! Just amazing!!!

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Eva Smith November 29, 2012 at 9:54 pm

Champurado! My favorite drink during the holidays. Delicious!

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Maribel December 9, 2012 at 2:29 pm

I will be making this champurado i know it will make me feel warm and cozy. Would love tO know where I can get the board and mugs, thanks

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Mayra December 18, 2013 at 11:57 pm

I Just made this!! Thank you so much for sharing! It came out amazing! I’ve tried other recipes trying to mock my Tia’s to die for chamurrado…this has been the closest I’ve gotten.

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nibblesandfeasts December 19, 2013 at 4:04 pm

I’m so glad you liked it Mayra! Happy Holidays!

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