I have so many favorite Filipino desserts and maja blanca is one of them. I love the coconut pudding texture with the sweet corn kernels and toasted coconut topping. It’s milky, smooth, sweet and very delicious!
What is Maja Blanca?
Maja blanca is a Filipino dessert that is usually served on holidays or special occasions. It is especially popular during Christmas time. The base is like a coconut pudding with kernels of corn and milk mixed in it. This recipe uses several types of milk, coconut flakes and corn to create a deliciously sweet treat with gelatin-like consistency. Surprisingly, this dessert is easy to make. It uses easy to find ingredients and there are only a few easy-to-follow steps.
- Coconut Milk – The coconut milk is where most of the coconut flavor comes from. I use canned coconut milk.
- Evaporated milk and milk- I like to use a combination of evaporated milk, condensed milk and milk. The condensed milk adds the sweetness while the other two milks are used to balance out the sweetness while still adding that milky flavor.
- Condensed milk – adds sweetness and creaminess to the dessert
- Whole Kernel Corn – The corn adds another texture to the dessert that I really like.
- Cornstarch – The cornstarch will thicken the milk mixture. It will give a texture that resembles gelatin or pudding that is traditionally seen in maja blanca.
- Unsweetened Coconut Flakes – I use unsweetened coconut flakes so that it will not overpower the dessert. I toast the coconut flakes in a large pan before using it to top the maja blanca. It adds texture and even more coconut flavor.
How to make maja blanca
Maja blanca is actually a pretty easy dessert to make. First, mix and boil the coconut milk, evaporated milk and condensed milk in a pot. Then, add the kernel corn to the mixture. After that, add the cornstarch, which will thicken the mixture. Finally, pour the mixture into a square pan and refrigerated until set. Meanwhile, toast the coconut flakes in a large skillet. Top the maja blanca with the toasted coconut flakes to add texture as well as crunch to the squares. Enjoy!
- 1 can (400 ml) coconut milk
- 1 can (354 ml) evaporated milk
- 1 can (300 ml) sweetened condensed milk
- 1 cup canned whole kernel corn ,drained
- ¾ cup cornstarch
- ¾ cup milk
- ½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- Grease bottom and sides of an 8-inch square pan. Set aside.
- In a pot, combine together coconut milk, evaporated milk and condensed milk. Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
- Stir in kernel corn and cook for about a minute or two.
- In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and milk and then whisk until cornstarch has completely dissolved.
- Gradually add cornstarch mixture into the pot, stirring, until mixture thickens to a paste. Watch carefully, the mixture will thicken quickly.
- Transfer mixture into prepared pan. Use oiled spatula to smooth out surface.
- Allow mixture to cool down, cover and then put in the fridge for at least an hour.
- Meanwhile, spread the coconut flakes in a wide skillet. Toast, over medium heat, stirring constantly, until browned.
- Cut maja blanca into squares and then serve with a sprinkle of toasted coconut flakes on top.
Great recipe and super easy! My husband loved it. I’ll try it with 1/2 cup cornstarch the next time to see if I can make it less dense slightly more jiggly. Thanks for sharing!
You are welcome Chiqui! Glad that your husband liked it. Take care and thanks for writing 🙂
Masarap pero masyadong matamis siguro bcoz of the milk, I used alaska (the yellow one) and alaska evap (red) then ung sa cornstarch naman I used selecta fortified. Ang tagal ko niluto sa medium heat coz di sya lumalapot, nag add ko ng 2 tbs cornstarch (unknown brand). Siguro next time bawasan ko ung condensed milk. Sana nalang magset sya. 😁😁😁 Thanks Ms. Liza! ❤
Its the best Maja Blanca recipe I made, and yes I added 1 tbsp of cornstarch to set it right, and its perfect 👌. Thank you so much!!!
Awesome! Take care Cheryl and thanks for the feedback 🙂
Mine did not set, just wondering why. Thanks!
I am not sure why your maja blanca did not set. One suggestion is to add more cornstarch (1 teaspoon?) next time.
Ate confused lang po sa 4 kinds of milk na ginagamit mo..It’s evap, condensed milk , coconut milk @ milk?? ano pong milk ung isa? Instructions #4 .thank you.
Yes, there are four kinds of milk: evaporated milk, condensed milk, coconut milk and fresh milk. The milk that was used in instruction#4 is fresh milk. Hope this helps!
It was too sweet. Or maybe it was because of the condensed brand I was using. Plus it did not set. 🙁
My family and friends love your maja Blanca recipe. Thank you!!
You’re welcome! Glad your family and friends like this recipe. Take care and thanks for writing 🙂
Thank you for this great recipe! I’m making it today for someone who loves this! Hopefully it will turn out good! I’ve never made it before and don’t even know what it taste like!
Awesome! Let me know how it goes. Take care 🙂
cant wait to try this recipe at home on weekend….
Makes me crave for Maja Blanca. Will be making one soon!
It really is an easy, popular and delicious dessert here in the Philippines. I make it even if there is no special occasion. I will be making Maja Blanca again soon!