KID IN THE KITCHEN: Tembleque (Tropical Coconut Pudding)

7 Feb

We spent the better part of last summer in Puerto Rico, and among the tasty things that my little guy fell in love with was tembleque, a jiggly (temblar means to tremble) dessert that falls somewhere between pudding and flan. I promised him we’d make it back in New York, and this weekend, for a dinner with some dear Nassau Community College colleagues with whom I serve on the Latin American Studies Committee, I delivered.

2015-02-05 21.03.20 temblequeWho knew it was so, so easy to make that my seven-year-old could do it almost completely on his own? All I had to do was pour the hot mixture into the mold. I adapted a recipe from Cocine a Gusto (University of Puerto Rico Press), which is one of my go-tos for traditional Puerto Rican recipes.

2015-02-05 21.27.57 temblequeIn future we will make it with homemade coconut milk (all you have to do is pour hot water over coconut flakes and strain, but more on that next time), but in the interests of expediency (I also made pollo guisado, black beans and pink beans from scratch, and yuca salad, so I had my hands full) I just used canned.

Next time you want a fun dessert that takes your tastebuds to the tropics, tembleque is the ticket!

2015-02-06 19.21.31 temblequeTembleque

2 14 oz. cans coconut milk

½ Cup corn starch

½ Cup sugar

¼ tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla

Powdered cinnamon

Place coconut milk, corn starch, sugar and salt in a heavy bottomed saucepan and bring to a boil at medium high, stirring constantly until mixture begins to thicken. Add vanilla, stir and pour the mix into a slightly moistened mold (a smooth pie tin for one, or six ramekins for individual servings). Chill for at least three hours or at most 48. Turn tembleque out of mold(s), sprinkle with cinnamon and serve.

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8 Responses to “KID IN THE KITCHEN: Tembleque (Tropical Coconut Pudding)”

  1. Philippe Gion July 15, 2015 at 10:58 am #

    Classes for children in Puerto Rico

    Cooking at your home with French chef Philippe Gion or at Alianza Francesa

    With this workshop, children will learn to cook and use different techniques. They may do so alone or accompanied by an adult
    A time of fun and creativity!
    The right age to learn how to eat healthy

  2. Karen February 26, 2015 at 2:03 pm #

    My tastebuds would definitely like to take a trip to the tropics…my whole body would. 🙂

  3. kathryningrid February 8, 2015 at 11:25 pm #

    Yippee, yummy, hip-hooray!

  4. Bluejellybeans February 8, 2015 at 4:07 pm #

    ¡Qué rico Natalia! Y me encanta el nombre… 🙂

  5. cecilia February 7, 2015 at 1:55 pm #

    wonderful, I love it when your wee fella cooks.. and he is getting such a fantastic culinary education with your travel.. wonderful.. c

    On Sat, Feb 7, 2015 at 12:12 PM, Hot, Cheap & Easy wrote:

    > Natalia at Hot, Cheap & Easy posted: “We spent the better part of last > summer in Puerto Rico, and among the tasty things that my little guy fell > in love with was tembleque, a jiggly (temblar means to tremble) dessert > that falls somewhere between pudding and flan. I promised him we’d make it > b”

  6. Mad Dog February 7, 2015 at 1:26 pm #

    That looks delicious – I can see why it’s in demand 😉

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