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Majarete – A Venezuelan traditional dessert served in a nontraditional way. Easy to make and even easier to eat.
Majarete is a traditional Venezuelan dessert. It seems like it was originated in Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, or Cuba. Its origin is not clear. But as many other dishes in Latin American there are many different versions in different countries. In Venezuela, Majarete is like a corn-coconut pudding made with corn flour and coconut milk. It also has a little bit of papelon (brown sugar cane), which adds an unique flavor.
I remember that my grandma used to make Majarete. I didn’t like it at all, but my dad loved it. The version she made was a little different. It was almost like a drink (atole) and it was served warm. I’m telling you… not my favorite! But since some of you guys had written to me asking for the recipe I decided to share my take on this Venezuelan icon. I also wanted to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Target, who recently launched a campaign #SinTraduccion (#NoTranslation). There are words in Spanish that simply have no direct translation in English, and Majarete is one of them!
The first time I made Majarete was several years ago. My daughter’s school was celebrating an International food fair and each student had to bring a dish. We wanted to share something different, that the well-known arepas, so Majerete sounded perfect. I prepared a big batch and divided in little plastic cups. It was a big success.
Since my husband loved it so much I have been making it from time to time. I tweaked the recipe to fit my family taste, so this might not be like the “original” recipe. First, I adjusted the quantities to give it a pudding-like texture. Second, I added some coconut flakes to make even coco-nuttier. And last but not least, I toped it with a sugary- crispy top.
This dessert is very easy to make and even easier to eat …
- 1 cup milk
- 1 cup Harina P.A.N pre-cooked white maize meal
- 1 oz can coconut milk 13.5
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup papelon/panela/piloncillo grated, brown sugar cane
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- A pinch nutmeg grated
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- A pinch salt
In a medium pot mix milk and harina P.A.N until smooth. Add half of coconut milk, about 1 cup, and mix well.
Turn the heat on to medium and let the mixture come to a boil, stirring constantly. Add sugar, panela, coconut flakes, sweetened condensed milk, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt; stir until incorporated. Cook for 2 -3 minutes.
Remove the cinnamon sticks and discard.
Transfer mixture to a big bowl, or several individual bowls. Refrigerate for 2 -3 hours, or until set and firm.
Sprinkle with more coconut flakes and ground cinnamon, if desired.Serve cool.
Optional to serve: add a little bit of sugar, about 1/2 teaspoon, over the tops of the majaretes. Using a torch, melt the sugar and form a crispy top.
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