Mouth- watering Maja Blanca
Whenever I spend Christmas in the Philippines, the holiday always pans out to become a family reunion too. My family and relatives will gather in our old ancestral house in Bulacan to have a Christmas party. It’s always been busy and chaotic but also a very great way to catch up and of course, have a merry salu-salo with my loved ones!
Every family is assigned what food to bring for the party. Some make special requests if they know you specialize in cooking a certain dish. In these instances, I am always asked to bring a couple of my own recipes; one of them is Maja Blanca.
Maja Blanca has a soft, smooth, and creamy texture. It means “white delicacy” in Spanish and is also known as coconut pudding. It is very similar to Blancmange, a sweet dessert popular in France that is made of milk, sugar, and thickened with cornstarch. What is great about Maja Blanca is it is very easy to make and it does not require any baking.
You can cook it in the stove and needs no hard-to-find ingredients. In fact you can make Maja Blanca with things you can already find in your kitchen cupboard! I will teach you how to cook this yummy dessert and maybe you can also add it to your Noche Buena this year.
• 4 cups of coconut milk
• ¾ cup of cornstarch
• 300 ml of condensed milk
• 1 cup of fresh milk
• ½ cup of cooked sweet kernel corns
• ½ cup of white sugar
• Coconut oil for greasing
The corn kernels needed for Maja Blanca should already be cooked.
Grease a rectangular pan with the coconut oil and set it aside for later.
Put the coconut milk in a non-stick pan and bring it to a boil.
Add the sugar, condensed milk, and corn kernels and stir thoroughly to evenly distribute the mixture. Simmer it for 10 minutes.
While the mixture simmers, mix the cornstarch and fresh milk in a bowl. Whisk the two together until the cornstarch is diluted.
Pour the mixed cornstarch and fresh milk in the pot when the 10 minutes is up. Make sure to slowly, but thoroughly stir to prevent lumps from appearing. Continue to stir until the mixture thickens. That will take about 4 to 5 minutes.
Once the desired thickness is achieved, pour the mixture into the rectangular pan and let it set. Wait for it to cool before placing it in the fridge for at least an hour.
When you are ready to try it out, slice it up in square pieces and serve it to your family for dessert or merienda!
Tita Kathy’s tip:
You can also use powdered coconut milk dissolved in water as an alternative for the coconut milk. Maja Blanca is adaptable with different ingredients. Try to experiment! Put your favorite fruit into the mix and let us know what you came up with on the comment box below. Enjoy eating Maja Blanca!