Christmas season is once again here, and celebrating it the Filipino style is always the best. As the neighbors have already started blasting Christmas Songs out of their karaoke systems, you can definitely tell Christmas is nearing from the cold winds and the special food that comes out only during the holidays.
One of the most loved Filipino delicacy that comes out during Christmas are home-made Maja Blanca. A Spanish-influenced dessert, the Maja Blanca traces its ancestry from Manjar Blanco, or Manjar de Leche which is basically milk pudding. It has been adapted in the Philippines and infused with local ingredients such as substituting dairy milk with coconut milk, and adding crushed or whole corn kernels and gelatin to give it more flavor and to retain its shape and form respectively.
In this post, I am going to provide a recipe that is half and half. Meaning, the outcome of this recipe will still taste traditionally Filipino, but it will be very soft and creamy, Leche Flan-like consistency which is a characteristic from its Spanish counterpart.
Let’s Make our very own Mestiza Maja Blanca!
Here’s what you will be needing:
2 1/2 Cups of Coconut Milk (Fresh or Canned) ~or~
2 1/2 Cups of Evaporated Milk depending on your preference
1 1/2 Cup of Condensed Milk
3/4 Cup Fresh Whole Milk
3/4 Cup cornstarch
1 Cup Whole Kernel Corn, either canned or from your trusty corn vendor at the kanto. – ( sometimes I use lesser corn because I don’t like to put in too much)
5 Tbsp of either toasted grated coconut, crushed walnuts or Pistachio Nuts (yum!)
How to do it:
- Heat the coconut milk or evaporated milk in a cooking pot and bring to a boil on small to medium fire.
- Add condensed milk, whole kernel sweet corn then stir until evenly distributed.
- Simmer for 8 minutes
- Combine the fresh milk and cornstarch then whisk until the cornstarch is diluted
- Pour the fresh milk and cornstarch mixture in the cooking pot and stir thoroughly.
- Allow to cook while stirring until the mixture reaches custard-like thickness
- Pour and distribute the mixture in shot glasses or espresso glass
- Allow to cool down then refrigerate for at least 1 hour
- Garnish with toasted grated coconut or chopped nuts
- Serve cold. Share and enjoy!
Let me know if this worked out for you. I will be very happy to hear about your experience with this recipe. Sending you and your family good vibes and holiday cheer!