This delicious hot drink of Mexican origin, is made with pecans and masa harina. We drank this in “yes of course” San Francisco, a cold place for a Floridian. If you are looking for a drink to warm your soul on a cold winter night try this. In addition to adding flavor the masa swells to give this drink “body plus.” A note of caution; the drink stays hot for a long time, good for a long relaxing sit, bad for a burnt mouth. We encountered the mysterious flavors of “atole du nuez” while dining at El Dellphin in the Mission District of San Francisco. Our most gracious hostess Angelica was happy to share her recipe with us. This is a slightly altered version of her recipe. Her quantities were for a restaurant size crowd and I substituted a cinnamon stick with powder. Adjust the sugar to suit your taste. There is more information on this drink and its history on David Lebovitz.com.
Atole de Nuez
In a blender, process the pecans to a fine powder.
Bring the half gallon of milk and 3 cups of water to a simmer. When it is hot add the condensed milk and other ingredients, adding the masa slowly to avoid clumping. Continue to stir until masa thickens. Simply add a bit more milk if it seems too thick. Sip and get cozy. When cooled cover and store the remaining drink in the refrigerator. Simply reheat in the microwave.