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Atole de elote / Atol de elote (english version)

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Atole de elote is basically a warm, smooth, and sweet thickened drink with corn as its main ingredient.  It is well known around most of Central America, Mexico, and some places in the Caribbean.  Some times the name is spelled "atol" which as I have found in several sources including this one, http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atole, is a náhuatl word meaning "corn drink."  The drink is served warm and the basic recipe is often flavoured with spices/aromatics such as cinnamon and vanilla.  Nowadays, you can find fruit atoles to which fruit purees are added.

Here is my step by step instructable on how to make an awesome pot of atole de elote to share with friends and family... or to enjoy by yourself.  This is my first instructable so let's see how it goes...

Note:  Yes, you can find "instant" mixes for atole.  Look for a product called "Maizena" which is basically a mix of corn flour, starch and who knows what else!  There are certain places in Latin America where people do not recognize the name "atole" yet will smile and nod their heads when you mention "Maizena."
 
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Step 1: Ingredients

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- 5 cups ---> milk (substitute with any other type of milk... i have only tried it with cow milk yet i think that it will work with others)

- 6 ea ------> ears of corn (support your local farmers, buy your corn from farmers who use organic and biodynamic farming systems)

- 10 Tbs ---> brown sugar (you can use honey and/or any other sweetening to taste)

- 2 sticks --> cinnamon

- 1 1/2 tsp -> pure vanilla extract (support mexican vanilla... the original source of vanilla in the world! if you can find vanilla beans evern better!)

- 1/4 tsp ---> ground cinnamon, plus some to dust the top of the drink for garnish

- pinch -----> sea salt

- 1/2 tsp ---> unsalted butter (not included in the photo)... this one is optional
razorwinged (author) 2 years ago
Thanks for the comments! Putting this instructable together was a lot of fun. I hope that many enjoy it. Please post any questions and/or suggestions that you may have. I am already looking forward to my next instructable. : )
It looks delicious, thank you for sharing I'll try the recipe, I delight in advance