Hello hungry ones! I hope you like coconuts because Maja Blanca is the treat of the day. Maja what? Maja blanca is a sweet Filipino treat that is usually served as an afternoon snack. I grew up with it as my yaya (nanny) would bribe me with a plateful if I actually slept through the afternoon! When I got older and my yaya moved on from our house, my mom took charge and made it for an easy Sunday snack.
Anyway, I went to my mother’s house in the Philippines last week and I found my old hard drive (hooray!) that I left when I started to work in Thailand. The hard drive proved to be a time machine of memories. I found my HHO folder in it and I found this unpublished recipe of my mother’s Maja Blanca.
Without further ado, here is my mother’s Maja Blanca recipe:
What you need:
- 4 c coconut milk
- 1 c evaporated milk
- 2 1/2 cups corn starch/ corn flour dissolved in 2 cups water
- 1 can cream style corn or kernel corn (optional)
- 2 cups sugar (adjust according to taste, I usually just use 1 cup)
- 1 cup water
- toasted desiccated coconut or crushed peanuts for toppings
What to do:
1. Mix the corn starch/corn flour with the water in a mixing bowl then set aside.
2. In a big pan, pour the coconut milk and water. Bring to boil, stirring constantly.
3. When the coconut milk is boiling turn the heat down to medium heat. Add the rest of the ingredients EXCEPT for the corn starch/corn flour. Bring it to boil again. You can taste the mixture if you want to add more sugar then do so.
4. Once the mixture is boiling, turn the heat to low then gradually add the dissolved corn starch/corn flour make sure you stir it at the same time. It will thicken straight away. Mix thoroughly till the thickness is even and paste-like consistency, turn off the heat.
5. Transfer the mixture in 2 big trays. Sprinkle the toppings. Refrigerate it for at least 4 hours so that it will firm up. Then it’s ready to serve! Nom noms!