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."