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                         ATOLE - ATOLE DE ZARZAMORA
 
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 Serving Size  : 6    Preparation Time :0:00
 Categories    : Mexican                          Beverages
 
   Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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                         Jim Vorheis
    2       lb           Wild blackberries
    2       c            Cold water
      1/2   c            Cold water
    3       oz           Tortilla masa (1/3 cup)
    3       tb           Crushed piloncillo or
                         -dark brown sugar to taste
      1/2   c            Prepared tortilla masa, or
                         -scant 1/2 cup masa harina
                         -mixed with 1/3 cup water
      2/3   c            Water
    1 1/2   c            Warm milk
    1 1/2   c            Warm water
    1 1/2   oz           Tablet drinking chocolate
    1                    3-inch cinnamon stick
    3       tb           Brown sugar, or to taste
 
   Though there are many variations, basically “atole” is a gruel thickened
   with masa, sweetened with raw sugar, and flavored with crushed fruits -
   such as pineapple and strawberries - or seasoned with chili. Some are made
   with a base of ground rice; others with fresh corn. For the Mexicans atole,
   too, is a natural accompaniment for tamales. For non-Mexicans, however, it
   is really not the sort of beverage that would generally be accepted, no
   matter how authentic.
   
   Blackberry atole Put the blackberries and water into a saucepan and cook
   over a medium flame, pressing them down from time to time, for about 10
   minutes.  Puree the blackberries in a blender or food processor and press
   through a fine sieve, or the fine disk of a food mill, to extract the
   seeds, and return to the pan.
   
   Add the water to the masa and press out any lumps with the back of a wooded
   spoon.  When it is quite smooth, stir it into the strained blackberries.
   Cook over low heat, stirring often until the atole begins to thicken.
   
   Add the sugar and stir until dissolved.  It should take about 25 minutes to
   reach the required consistency, so that the mixture will very lightly coat
   the back of a wooden spoon.
   
   Champurrado (Chocolate-flavored atole)
   
   Put the masa into the pan with the 2/3 cup water and cook over a low flame,
   stirring constantly, until it thickens - about 5 minutes.
   
   Gradually stir in the milk and water and cook until it begins to bubble.
   Add the chocolate, broken into pieces, the cinnamon stick, and the sugar
   and cook slowly, stirring, until the mixture thickens - about 15 minutes.
   The atole is done when a spoonful slides noiselessly rather than plops back
   into the mixture.
   
   The Cuisines of Mexico From the collection of Jim Vorheis
  
 
 
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