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World Breakfasts at Christmas: Atole

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World Breakfasts at Christmas: Atole

We found out the other day (thanks to a study by Wren Kitchens) that the average Brit scoffs their way through 5,905 calories on Christmas Day! Of course, this all kicks off with breakfast – typically toast, fruit salad or a bacon or sausage butty, more than a handful of Celebrations and an alcoholic beverage to wash it all down.

Things are less excessive in Mexico, where hot mug of Atole is the Christmas Day breakfast option of choice. If you can imagine Rice Krispies topped with cinnamon, you wouldn’t be far off what Atole tastes like. It’s a corn-based drink that’s really simple to make and a great winter warmer.

If fancy something a little different during the festive period, give it a go.

What you’ll need(Serves 5):

1.2l milk or water

70g masa harina (corn masa flour)

5tbsp brown sugar

1tbsp ground cinnamon (plus extra for garnish)

1tbsp vanilla extract

What you’ll need to do:

1. Pour the milk or water, sugar, cinnamon and masa into a saucepan and whisk for a few minutes until the ingredients have combined to form a smooth mixture.

2. Place the saucepan over a medium heat and bring to the boil, stirring constantly. Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and continue to whisk for about 5 minutes until the mixture thickens up.

3. Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract. Pour the atole into mugs and serve hot, garnished with a pinch of cinnamon. 

Top Tip: Add 80g of Mexican chocolate to the recipe for a hot chocolate atole.

We found out the other day that the average Brit scoffs their way through a hefty 5,905 calories on Christmas Day! Things are less excessive in Mexico, where hot mug of Atole is the breakfast option of choice.