Tembleque (Coconut Puerto Rican Custard)by Sabrina Bonaparte
Tembleque is a popular Puerto Rican dessert that is perfect to enjoy during Passover or Shavuot.
2 cups full-fat canned coconut milk
½ cup starch (cornstarch*, arrowroot, potato starch)
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup organic cane sugar
*corn is kitniyot and may not be suitable for Ashkenazim
- Shake your cans of coconut milk well, then pour them into a large bowl and stir coconut water and fat from the top of the can together to combine. Note: in warmer climates, this step may not be necessary if the fat has not settled on the top of the can.
- Pour mixed coconut milk into a large saucepan.
- Add sugar and salt and mix until combined.
- Slowly sift in starch little by little and whisk vigorously to combine (prevents clumping).
- Turn on heat to medium and stir continuously for 10-15 minutes, until thickened.
- Pour mixture into molds: single-serving ramekins, silicon muffin molds, parfait glasses, drinking glasses, or larger sized Bundt pan, 8×8 pan, or round cake pans.
- Cool on the counter until the mixture reaches room temperature.
- Place plastic wrap over containers and refrigerate until thick, cool, and springy to the touch (3-4 hours).
- To remove, slide a butter knife around the edges of the container and flip onto a plate.
- Dust with cinnamon and serve with a side of mango or papaya slices. Enjoy!
Recipe by Jewish Veg supporter Sabrina Bonaparte.