Traditional Horchata


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Traditional Horchata

Traditional Horchata
Ingredients
1 cup long grain rice
Water for soaking rice
1 quart lowfat milk
3/4 cup sugar
4 to 6 cinnamon sticks
1½ tsp. vanilla extract
Directions

Prep: 5 minutes, Stand: at least 8 hours or overnight,
plus additional 30 minutes, Cook: 15 minutes,
Chill: 4 hours, Makes: about 1 quart

Recipe may be doubled.

1. Place rice in a medium bowl and add enough water to cover. Cover and set aside to soak for at least 8 hours or overnight.

2. Drain water and place rice in a large saucepan with milk. Add sugar and cinnamon sticks; bring to a boil. Remove from heat and let stand for 30 minutes.

3. Remove cinnamon sticks and place in a blender or food processor. (Better yet, if you have an immersion, or hand-held, blender, now is the perfect time to use it!)

4. Add vanilla and purée until smooth. Strain into a serving pitcher (use a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth) and chill for at least 4 hours before serving over ice.


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