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Recipe: Maja Blanca






Maja Blanca a traditional Filipino dessert that is creamy, sweet and delicious. It is made with coconut milk, cornstarch, and various flavorings. This dessert is often served during special occasions and celebrations. Follow this detailed recipe to create a perfect Maja Blanca.



Ingredients:


- 4 cups coconut milk


- 1 cup cornstarch


- 1 cup white sugar


- 1 cup sweet corn kernels (canned or fresh)


- 1 cup evaporated milk


- 1/2 cup grated coconut (optional, for garnish)


- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


- 1/4 teaspoon salt


- Cooking oil (for greasing the pan)




Instructions:

1. Grease a baking dish or any rectangular container using cooking oil. Set aside.



2. In a large saucepan, combine the coconut milk, sugar, and sweet corn kernels. Stir well and bring the mixture to a gentle boil over medium heat.



3. In a separate bowl, dissolve the cornstarch in the evaporated milk. Stir until the mixture is smooth and free of lumps.



4. Once the coconut milk mixture is boiling, reduce the heat to low. Gradually pour the cornstarch mixture into the saucepan, stirring constantly to prevent lumps from forming.



5. Continue stirring the mixture over low heat until it thickens to a pudding-like consistency. This may take around 10-15 minutes.



6. Add the vanilla extract and salt to the mixture. Stir well to incorporate the flavors.



7. Pour the thickened mixture into the greased baking dish. Smooth out the top for an even appearance.



8. Allow the Maja Blanca to cool down at room temperature for about 30 minutes. Then, refrigerate it for at least 2 hours or until it becomes firm.



9. Once the Maja Blanca is set, you can cut it into squares or diamond shapes.



10. Optional: Toast the grated coconut in a dry pan until it turns golden brown. This will add a delicious crunch to your Maja Blanca. Sprinkle the toasted grated coconut on top of each piece before serving.



11. Serve chilled and enjoy this creamy and delightful Filipino dessert!




Tips:

- For a creamier texture, you can use coconut cream instead of coconut milk.


- If fresh corn kernels are not available, canned corn or frozen corn can be used as a substitute.


- To toast the coconut flakes, spread them on a baking sheet and bake in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 5-7 minutes, or until golden brown. Keep a close eye on them as they can burn quickly.



Note: Maja Blanca can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days



Maja Blanca is a delectable Filipino dessert that will surely satisfy your sweet tooth. Its creamy texture and delightful taste make a favorite among many. Follow this recipe, and you'll be able to create a delicious Maja Blanca that will impress your family and friends. Enjoy!



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