Maja Blanca. This is probably my hated or least liked dessert commonly served in Filipino restaurants or buffet. Although I love corn, I just don’t like the taste of maja blanca. But I ended up making it anyway because out of the blue, while he was out on a motorcycle ride in Mindanao, the hub asked me to make it.
The maja blanca has this gelatin-consistency with a dominant coconut milk taste. It is creamy but with the right level of sweetness. The sweet corn kernels makes this dessert taste more interesting.
Upon checking the Internet for recipes, I found that there are different versions of maja blanca recipe and I’ve also watched videos on YouTube. When I saw the list of ingredients I thought to myself that this is very doable. But it can be a bit complicated especially when there are first and second coconut milk extracts to think about (I don’t like extracting fresh coconut milk that much). So I turned to my sister, who’s so better at cooking than I am. I told her to give me the recipe you got because I’ve scoured the net for it and I am not sure which recipe to go for.
To my surprise – when I actually started cooking the maja blanca – it was that easy! It’s like frying breakfast meals – easy!
On to the ingredients! Okay!
So what you need:
- 1 cup coconut milk
- 1 cup cornstarch
- 1 can corn kernels/cream of corn (I used cream of corn)
- 1 can evaporated milk (I used Angel Evaporated 410 ml)
- 1 cup sugar
- crushed peanuts or grated cheese (for toppings)
When I say easy maja blanca recipe, I really mean it. No fuss. In a medium saucepan (I used a skillet, btw), mix together all the ingredients except crushed peanuts (or grated cheese). Blend well until all lumps formed are gone.
You start out with this.
Just whisk and blend them well.
Turn heat on and set to medium to low and bring your mixture to a boil. As you do this, IT IS IMPORTANT to continue stirring to prevent clumping. This is what making this maja recipe is all about – stirring and stirring. Otherwise, the bottom will burn and there will be clumping.
You should be stirring about five to seven minutes until the mixture reaches a pudding-like consistency.
Look! It’s happening!
Then turn off the heat and pour the hot mixture into a dish. Set it right so you’ll have a pretty maja blanca. And for the final step, sprinkle crushed peanuts on top. You can use cheese as well. Let it cool before putting inside the fridge! I made it at night so that it’ll be ready to eat the next day.
Voila! The easiest maja blanca recipe!
This was my first attempt at making maja blanca and it was indeed a success. Not only did my better half love it but also my mom, who complimented my cooking. It’s not a biased opinion; my mom gives honest thoughts about my cooking. 😀 Oh! and my brother “loved it,” according to mom.
Have you tried making maja blance? Do you have a different recipe? Let me know in the comments section below!