Vanilla and Chocolate Maicena Pudding is based on a Dominican Children's favorite breakfast dish, it is perfect for when you need a comforting dessert.
Why we ❤️ it
Few Dominican children have escaped Maicena Pudding, and although it's not as popular these days, nearly all of us have eaten a version of this dish at some time or another. It was usually served as breakfast or dinner, and sometimes as a mild, comfort food when we were sick.
A couple of readers recently mentioned that they would like a recipe for it, so I set out to do that. And while I was at it, I decided to answer some of the questions I got from you over the years.
Vanilla and chocolate maicena pudding.
What is maicena?
Maicena, or cornstarch, is the starch that is extracted from corn and used in the kitchen most commonly as a thickener.
What is the difference between cornmeal and cornstarch?
While cornstarch, (or cornflour in the UK) is simply the starch extracted from the corn, cornmeal (harina de maíz) is obtained by grinding the whole grain and contains more fiber and less starch. Cornstarch is a very fine white powder, cornmeal is yellow and coarse. Their use is not interchangeable.
How do you call it, maicena or maizena?
It is called maicena (in Spanish), or cornstarch. Maizena® is a popular commercial brand of cornstarch.
About this recipe
This maicena pudding dessert is very easy to make, and the most important trick is to keep stirring during cooking or it will become lumpy. The touch of the coconut is a fantastic contrast with the softness of the custard, although it is not part of the traditional presentation.
Serving it as a dessert convinces the kids to try it. Because anything served as a dessert is better.
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[Recipe + Video] Vanilla and Chocolate Maicena Pudding
- ¼ cup toasted coconut flakes
- Mixing: Pour the milk into the pot and add the vanilla if you are making vanilla pudding. Sift cornstarch, salt, cocoa (if you are making chocolate pudding), and sugar together, and mix with the milk.If there are lumps, strain to make a completely uniform mixture and remove any solids that did not dissolve.
- Cooking: Bring to medium heat, and continue stirring uninterruptedly for 10 minutes, or until the consistency is a little more liquid than condensed milk. Don't worry if it seems too runny, it will thicken in the next steps. If you are serving it as breakfast, see notes below.Remove from heat.
- Cooling: Pour into another bowl and continue stirring until it cools to room temperature. This will help it thicken a bit and prevent it from forming a crust as it cools.Pour into serving bowls and place in the refrigerator to chill slightly (half an hour to an hour). The cold in the refrigerator will help it finish thickening.
- Serving: Remove from the refrigerator and top with some toasted coconut (this is optional).
Tips and Notes
Nutritional information is calculated automatically based on ingredients listed. Please consult your doctor if you need precise nutritional information.
Published Mar 13, 2015, revised