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How to Cook Maja Blanca With Cheese Topping

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Learn how to make maja blanca with a cheesy topping.

Learn how to make maja blanca with a cheesy topping.

What Is Maja Blanca?

Maja blanca is a popular Filipino dessert that is essentially a creamy coconut pudding. The main ingredients consist of coconut milk and cornstarch, although some recipes suggest gelatine powder as an alternative to cornstarch.

Regional differences exist in the Philippines, as many provinces have their own variations of this creamy dessert. In my recipe, I added a twist to this Filipino classic by introducing a cheesy topping.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

5 min

35 min

40 min

2 servings

The ingredients for the maja blanca and topping.

The ingredients for the maja blanca and topping.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 6 tablespoons corn kernels
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 6 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 150 grams coconut powder
  • Grated cheese, as desired

Utensils

For Preparation:

  • 6 medium bowls
  • measuring cups
  • measuring spoons
  • grater
  • fork
  • can opener
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For Cooking:

  • pot
  • cooking spoon

For Molding:

  • baking pan or bowl

Instructions

  1. Dilute powdered coconut milk with water. Set aside.
  2. Dilute cornstarch with water. Set aside.
  3. Pour the coconut milk into a pot and bring to a boil.
  4. Add sugar, corn kernels, cornstarch, and milk. Stir continuously until all of the ingredients are well-blended.
  5. Allow the maja blanca mixture to cook while stirring until it reaches your desired thickness.
  6. Transfer the mixture into a pan.
  7. Let it cool down, then refrigerate it for at least 1 hour.
  8. Plate the maja blanca. Top it with grated cheese before serving.

Step-by-Step Video

Tips and Techniques

  • For a finer texture, use creamed corn instead of corn kernels—or a mix of the two.
  • To make it softer, reduce the amount of cornstarch or the amount of water.
  • Replace the powdered coconut milk with freshly squeezed or canned coconut milk. (In this case, omit the water from the recipe.)
  • You can use any type of cheese for this recipe. Be generous if you want that extra cheesy taste!
The creamy maja blanca with cheesy topping, ready to eat.

The creamy maja blanca with cheesy topping, ready to eat.

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