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Maja Blanca (Filipino Coconut Pudding)

As a child, Edwin's mom told him, "If you want to eat, you should cook it yourself." And that's exactly what he's been doing ever since.

Filipino Maja Blanca (Coconut and Corn Pudding)

Filipino Maja Blanca (Coconut and Corn Pudding)

Maja Blanca

Maja is the Spanish word for nice, and blanca is Spanish for white. So I think this is an appropriate name for this dish since it is white in color but also looks nice, or appetizing.

Maja blanca has the consistency of a firm pudding but contains coconut milk and whole-kernel corn. As a child, this was one of my favorite desserts—and it still is to this day.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

6 min

20 min

26 min

8-10 servings


  • 1 (13.5-ounce) can coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 3/4 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup canned, whole kernel sweet corn


  1. Lightly grease a square baking pan and set aside.
  2. Mix the coconut milk and sugar in a pot and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add the corn and simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Dissolve the cornstarch in bowl with a little water and pour this mixture into the pot. Continue to simmer, stirring constantly until thickened. Cook longer for a firmer or thicker consistency.
  5. Transfer the pudding into the greased baking pan and spread evenly using a spatula.
  6. Allow it to cool; then refrigerate.
  7. Cut into squares and serve.


  • Add condensed milk instead of sugar.
  • For a creamier pudding, combine the coconut milk with evaporated milk.
  • Top with toasted, grated coconut before serving.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature instead of cold.
  • Omit the corn if desired.

Coconut Milk


Edwin Alcantara (author) from California on December 03, 2020:

One of my favorites too Eric.

Edwin Alcantara (author) from California on December 03, 2020:

Yes Linda, it is a very interesting combination. But in this case the combo turned out good.

Edwin Alcantara (author) from California on December 03, 2020:

I like desserts with coconut milk too Lakshmi.

Edwin Alcantara (author) from California on December 03, 2020:

You're welcome Liza.

Edwin Alcantara (author) from California on December 03, 2020:

Yes Peggy, 1st time I heard of it as a child I thought it was a very different combo but I liked it the first time. For others it may be an acquired taste.

Edwin Alcantara (author) from California on December 03, 2020:

Yes, it's quite unique.

Sp Greaney from Ireland on December 03, 2020:

Corn in a dessert is such an unusual ingredient. It would be a great party food as it's so different.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on December 02, 2020:

Thanks for sharing your recipe with us. I have never eaten anything with that combination of ingredients.

Liza from USA on December 02, 2020:

This reminds me of one of my mom's dessert that she always makes. Thanks for sharing, Edwin.

Lakshmi from Chennai on December 02, 2020:

A delicious recipe with coconut milk, thanks for sharing.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on December 01, 2020:

This sounds like an interesting pudding. I like coconut milk, but I've never thought of mixing it with corn.

Eric Caunca from Philippines on December 01, 2020:

Finally, someone has written about my favorite food Maja Blanca.

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