Hola! I’m feeling very festive this week. This weekend Mexico celebrates it’s Dia de la Independencia (Independence Day). It’s a very important day full of fiestas, food, and fireworks. Viva Mexico!
So I thought I’d start things off by making this blackberry-flavored atole. Atole [ah-tho-leh] is a thick beverage made of masa or masa harina. It has the consistency of porridge with a ground corn and grainy-like texture and it’s usually served warm. It’s just one of those things that brings me close to the country my parent’s came from and whose culture and traditions I value so much.
Although this atole is served warm, the blackberry puree gives this drink a lovely taste of summer. Which means this atole is perfect for a late summer day like today. And no, I am not letting go of summer just yet!
How obvious is it that I have summer separation anxiety issues? I mean, just imagine my first day of kindergarten. Actually I toughed it up, and only one tear managed to escape which I quickly wiped away.
This atole is actually perfect for “toughing it up”. It’s very nourishing and comforting for the soul. It’s a perfect way to relax and let go of summer… slowly… very very slowly.
If you’ve never had atole before, I’m sure you will like this blackberry atole. Think of it as a warm fruity porridge, spiced with canela (Mexican cinnamon). Delicioso!
Blackberry Masa Drink (Atole de Mora Negra)
- 1 mexican cinnamon stick (canela)
- 12oz blackberries (fresh or frozen)
- 1/2 cup masa harina
- 6 tablespoons sugar
Recipe from: Saveur
|In a large saucpan bring water and cinnamon stick to boil. Boil over medium-high heat for 10 minutes then lower heat. Meanwhile add 1 cup cold water, blackberries, and masa harina to blender and puree until smooth. Slowly pour this puree through a fine sieve strainer over the simmering water. Add sugar and continue to cook, stirring frequently until thickened.|
|Remove from heat. Serve warm or cool.|