One thing that really took me by surprise when I moved to the United States from Mexico was the difference in holiday traditions. Christmas in Mexico is celebrated, but not as much as New Year. I love how we celebrated both of these holidays in Mexico, but I also have grown to really love all of the fun Christmas traditions that I now celebrate with my family here in the United States.
That said, I do love to incorporate as many of my traditions as possible also. For example, there are some very traditional recipes that are made in Mexico this time of year. One of those is today’s recipe for Pecan Atole. Atole is a thick, sweet, and warm drink that is prepared in Mexico throughout the year. You can make so many different varieties by changing up a few of the ingredients.
One common ingredient that you will need is La Lechera Sweetened Condensed Milk. This ingredient goes great with so many different Mexican recipes, and it is an absolute must to make this pecan atole. La Lechera is available at most stores in the United States and in Mexico and I always stock up on it for the many recipes that I make this time of year. You can find even more recipes using it at this link.
You will be surprised how good this tastes! The good think is that it doesn’t take too long to make, and you don’t need very many ingredients.
I always like to prepare this for my family on Christmas morning, and I haven’t had any complaints yet. 🙂
If you are looking for something new to add to your holiday menu, try this recipe as soon as possible and don’t forget to let me know how it turns out.
Wow turned out great! Made a batch and brought it to work for el Día de la Candelaria to have with our tamales. Everyone loved it and marveled because I didn't have to worry about mesa harina!
Saturday 30th of November 2019
Fantastic! I happened to have half a can of sweetened condensed milk, so I made a half batch. I have made Atole before, but I’ve always used masa harina, so this was the first time using corn starch. I think my young nephews will love this!
Saturday 2nd of December 2017
The first ingredient is 1 liter of water. Later you say 1 cup with the pecans in the blender. I'm not clear on the directions about the water. Does the first water you mentioned get used to dissolve the cornstarch?
Can someone please clear this up for me? Thank you.
Sunday 3rd of December 2017
Hi Debra! I'm so sorry - I did mess up on the description. It should be 1 liter of milk. You then take 1 cup of the milk to blend the pecans, and use the rest as described. The cornstarch should be dissolved in one cup of water and that is the only time the water is used. I have updated the recipe. Thanks for pointing that out!