Atol De Elote (Sweet Corn and Milk Drink)

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Total Time
20 mins
18 mins

This is a classic Central American beverage. It is sweet and silky smooth. The recipe was posted in Saveur magazine and is based on a recipe from Maria Franco, a Salvadoran cook in Los Angeles. It is Mayan in origin, and is for many Central Americans part of a morning and midday ritual. It's believed to be as curative as chicken soup is to many other cultures.

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  1. Use a sharp knife to remove the kernels from the corn and place them in a blender.
  2. Add 1/2 cup milk and puree until completely smooth (2 - 3 minutes).
  3. Transfer the mixture to a medium pot, add the rest of the milk, sugar, cinnamon sticks, and salt. Stir.
  4. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, stirring constantly. Then reduce heat to medium low and simmer, still constantly stirring, until the mixture is slightly thickened (about 15 minutes).
  5. Serve hot.