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As soon as the weather gets cold, I start making atole, which is one of the many things I learned from my mom and my grandma. I even remember that at my grandma’s house they used to make some black bean atole, and even though I tried it, I never really liked it. Black bean atole? Go figure!
Atoles are hot drinks that have a thick consistency, and you can prepare endless flavors of them using fruits, seeds, vanilla, or even legumes. Atoles made with corn masa harina, water, and piloncillo are a common drink in the rural areas of Mexico during the winter months. People add the flavorings according to what they have in their region. This Orange Atole, for example, is from the citrus-producing area of the State of Veracruz. In the cities, however, Atoles are more diverse and go beyond the classic corn masa type. Atoles made with milk thickened with cornstarch are more favored than the corn masa type.
So here I am, enjoying this nice cold Texas weather, drinking my orange atole and still Christmas shopping online. Sadly, sending presents to my family in Mexico is not a good option, that’s why I prefer to send them money. Nowadays, that is really easy to do from my computer or even from my phone.
Every year all my siblings pitch in to pay for Christmas dinner, which usually features a turkey or a leg of ham. I send my part to my brother using Xoom. Xoom is a money sending service that is very easy to use online or through a downloadable app on your phone.
I used to send money to my mother through a bank, but it was very complicated for my family to be able to receive it. But now, using Xoom and PayPal, it’s very quick to send money, which is usually available within minutes at many stores that offer their service. My brother receives a text message with all the necessary information, and I get a text message as well letting me know when the money is received. It’s that easy!
I highly recommend this truly great service, it makes sending money to your loved ones simply stress free. But now let’s get into this recipe that I know you will love!
- 6 tablespoons of corn masa harina
- 2 cups of water
- 2 cups of orange juice*, with seeds removed.
- 4 tablespoons of sugar
· If you use store-bought orange juice, add less sugar, since it is usually sweeter than fresh home-squeezed orange juice.
· Additional favoring: ½ stick of cinnamon or powdered cinnamon at serving time.
· Instead of sugar you can also use Piloncillo
1. Place corn masa-harina in a small bowl and add one cup of water. Stir well until you have a very homogenous mixture. Make sure all the masa-harina has been incorporated into the water to avoid any clumps while making the atole. Set aside.
2. Place orange juice, one cup of water, and sugar in a saucepan. Turn heat to medium-high, and once it starts boiling, reduce heat to a gentle simmer.
3. Once the orange juice and water start simmering, stir in the corn masa-harina mixture into the saucepan. Stir, making sure everything is well mixed. Afterward, let it cook until it starts simmering, about 4-5 minutes, then let it simmer for 5 more minutes.
Be careful when serving this drink, as its dense consistency keeps it very hot for a long time. Enjoy!
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