Hot Chocolate with Máchica

Machica is a sweetened, spiced grain blend that Ecuadorans use to enrich the texture and flavor of drinks. Spanish colonists brought this cooking technique to Ecuador from Mexico, where corn is used instead of barley.

 

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  • Servings: 6
KEY: Christmas, Valentine's Day, Latin American, Nonalcoholic Drinks, Brunch

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup toasted whole barley (see Note)
  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 6 cups whole milk
  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • Pinch of salt

How to make this recipe

  1. In a spice or coffee grinder, grind the toasted barley to a fine powder. In a small bowl, mix the barley powder with the brown sugar and ground cinnamon.
  2. In a medium saucepan, bring the milk to a boil, then remove it from the heat. Add the chopped chocolate and whisk until it is melted. Whisk in the barley mixture and the salt and cook over moderate heat, whisking, until the hot chocolate is thickened, about 5 minutes. Serve at once.

Notes

Toasted whole barley is available at Korean markets.

Contributed By Photo © Stewart Ferebee Published May 2001

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