Arepa is a special dessert that is traditionally prepared in an iron pot on top of red-hot coal. A metal lid is placed on top of the pot and then more coal is put on top of the lid. This led to the expression “como la Arepa, fuego por arriba y fuego por abajo” (Like an Arepa, fire underneath, fire on top), meaning being in a crossfire. Assuming you are not equipped to bake it the traditional way, for this recipe we will use a regular oven.
Time: 1 hr. Serves: 4
Before starting to cook: Grease a baking deep-bottomed baking pan with butter. Preheat the oven to 350 °F.
- 1 tablespoons of softened butter
- 3 cups of evaporated milk
- 3 cups of water
- 2 cups of corn flour
- 1 1/2 cup of sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1/4 cup of raisins
- 4 cinnamon sticks
- 1 cup of coconut milk
- Mix all the ingredients and let rest. Put in an iron pot and put on the stove, stirring constantly to avoid sticking. When it breaks a boil lower the fire to medium and continue stirring until it reaches cream cheese-like consistency.
- Pour batter into the baking pan and bake for 30-60 minutes (until you insert a knife in the center and it comes out clean), it should be golden brown on top. Let it cool down to almost room temperature before removing from the pan.
- Serve with hot cocoa or coffee.