I have dreams of one day living in Mexico....I think it's one of the most beautiful places in all the world. I am fascinated by it's food, interested in learning about the culture, I absolutely love the Spanish language and I adore todos los colores brillantes (all the bright colors) that are splashed everywhere!
I picture myself waking up one crisp fall mañana ( morning) the warm yellow sun shining in my window, grabbing the coziest sweater in my closet and walking to the local mercado (market).
Entranced by all that it has to offer I walk vendedora a vendedora passing la tortillería it's table stacked high with fresh tortillas ready to be stuffed and filled with delicious meats and spicy peppers. El Hombre with la fruta fresca (fresh fruit) and las verduras maduras ( ripe vegetables) mangoes, guyabas, chayote and noplaes all sharing the same space. Finally at the end of the aisle I see una anciana (an old woman) with wispy gray hair slowly stirring a great big caldron of something.
I'm not really sure what it is...but the sweet smell in the air is drawing me near. As I approach la senora she outstretches her hands and offers me a warm mug which looks to be filled to the brim with "melted chocolate" As I look at her questiongly "Champurrado" she says..she gestures at me to take a sip and when I do this warm hot drink fills my mouth and makes me smile and reminds me yet again all the reasons why I love this beautiful country!
So until my bags are officially packed and my United States passport is left behind...I will have to bring un poquito ( a little bit) of my Mexican dreams to where and I am now....so I present to you my
" Mexican Pumpkin Pie Hot Chocolate"....i'ts not quite my sweet ancianas Champurrado but it is a little piece of Mexican heaven right here in my cup until I get to officially call Mexico my home....Salud!
1. A tablet of Mexican Chocolate like Abuelita or Ibarra
2. 4 cups of water (use milk if you prefer a thicker hot chocolate)
3.1/2 tsp of Mexican Vanilla
4. 1/2 can. pure canned pumkin (like Libby's)
5. 1/2 tsp. pumkin pie spice
6. 3/4 tsp. cinnamon
7. dash of salt
8. 2 tbsp. of packed brown sugar
1. In saucepan heat the 4 cups of water or milk the chocolate tablet, Mexican vanilla, pumkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, salt and brown sugar over medium high heat stirring constantly until well combined. (you can use a wire wisk, wooden spoon or this is the perfect time to use your Molinillo if you have one!)
2. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Swirl with whip cream and sprinkle on a pinch of cinnamon. Serve immediately.