Maja Blanca Espesyal is a Filipino-style coconut pudding made extra delicious with evaporated and condensed milk. Sweet, creamy, and topped with latik, it’s delicious as a snack or dessert.
One of the first recipes I posted here on Kawaling Pinoy is a simple version of maja blanca made of coconut milk, cornstarch, sugar, and toasted coconut. Although it’s creamy and delicious and has satisfied my sweet cravings on many a night, I have to say it pales next to this maja blanca espesyal which has an added creaminess from condensed and evaporated milk.
If you’re looking for the ultimate dessert, this Filipino-style coconut milk dessert is your answer. With soft bites of luscious pudding generously studded with sweet corn kernels and topped with golden latik, you’ll have guests lining up for more!
The recipe is simple to make and yields a huge 13 x 9 rectangular pan perfect for serving a large crowd. Or to enjoy all by yourself.
Difference from tibok-tibok
Although both are pudding desserts and usually topped with latik, a different set of ingredients gives them their distinct flavor and texture. While maja blanca is made of coconut milk and cornstarch, the Kapampangan tibok-tibok is made of carabao’s milk and rice flour.
- Do not allow the milk mixture to come to a rapid boil lest it curdles or separates.
- To boost flavor, replace the water used to dissolve the cornstarch with the packing liquid in the canned corn kernels.
- When preparing the cornstarch slurry, add the cornstarch slowly into the water to make it easier to stir and dissolve.
- Remove the latik from the heat a shade lighter as it would continue to cook and brown in the residual heat.
- No time to make latik? Substitute toasted desiccated coconut.
- 1 can (13.5 ounces) coconut cream
- 2 cans (13.5 ounces each) coconut milk
- 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
- 1 can (14 ounces) condensed milk
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 can (15 ounces) sweet kernel corn, drained
- 1 cup cornstarch
- 1/2 cup water
- In a pan over medium heat, add coconut cream and bring to a boil. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until liquid starts to thicken.
- Lower heat and simmer. As the oil starts to separate and solids begin to form, regularly stir and scrape sides and bottom of the pan to prevent from burning. Continue to cook and stir until curds turn golden brown.
- In a fine-mesh sieve, drain latik from the oil.
- Brush bottom and sides of a 13 x 9 baking dish with coconut oil. Set aside.
- In a large pot, combine coconut milk, evaporated milk, condensed milk, and sugar.
- Over medium heat, bring to a gentle boil, stirring occasionally until sugar is dissolved.
- Add corn and continue to cook for about 2 to 3 minutes
- In a small bowl, combine water and cornstarch. Stir well until cornstarch is dissolved. Gently add cornstarch mixture into milk mixture, whisking vigorously to prevent lumps. Continue to cook, whisking continuously, until mixture thickens to a thick paste.
- Transfer mixture into the prepared dish, smoothing top with a lightly oiled spatula or knife. Allow to slightly cool, cover and refrigerate for about 1 to 2 hours or until completely cooled and set.
- Brush top with coconut oil and sprinkle latik on top. Cut into serving squares.
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