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My mother-in-law taught me this recipe. Atole de elote, also called 'atole' for short, is usually served as a hot drink, although it can also be served in the form of a pudding or a soup. Here's my recipe for a simple atole in the form of a hot drink. Garnish with cinnamon if desired.

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15 mins
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8 small cups


Original recipe yields 8 servings
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  • Fill a large bowl with ice and cold water. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add corn and cook uncovered until kernels are slightly softened, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain in a colander and immediately immerse in ice water for several minutes to stop the cooking process. Drain.

  • Remove kernels from the cob using a knife and transfer to a blender. Add 1 cup water, or 1/2 cup if blending in two batches, and blend until pureed. Strain mixture into a bowl using a fine sieve; discard the solids. Run liquid once more through a clean sieve.

  • Stir in milk; transfer mixture to a medium nonstick skillet. Cook over medium heat until milk is heated through. Stir in sugar, vanilla extract, and salt; bring to a gentle simmer.

  • Reduce heat to low and combine 1/4 cup of the hot liquid with cornstarch. Pour mixture into the skillet and stir constantly until atole begins to thicken to desired consistency, about 5 minutes. Immediately remove from heat. Pour into pudding bowls, soup bowls, or cups.

Cook's Notes:

You can view the complete recipe, along with step-by-step pictures, on my blog at POSTRES de La Cipota. Buen provecho!

Instead of blanching fresh corn, feel free to substitute 2 cans of whole kernel corn.

Nutrition Facts

214 calories; protein 5.2g; carbohydrates 44.9g; fat 2.6g; cholesterol 7.3mg; sodium 68.2mg. Full Nutrition