Silky coconut milk and corn pudding

Silky coconut milk and corn pudding

Maja blanca maiz

7000 Islands
Jana Liebenstein

Sometimes, an exotic name is all it takes to dip in. Such was the case for me and maja blanca maiz. This modern take is inspired by Enriqueta David-Perez’s recipe, originally published in 1973 in her acclaimed tome, Recipes of the Philippines. Most versions include corn kernels in the coconut pudding; here, like David Perez’s, its flavour is infused into the coconut milk, then discarded for a silky, white finish.


Quantity Ingredient
750ml coconut cream
165g caster sugar
200g corn kernels
3 gold-strength gelatine leaves
1 tablespoon toasted flaked coconut, to serve


  1. Place the coconut cream and sugar in a saucepan over low–medium heat and bring to a simmer, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Add the corn and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, but do not boil. Remove from the heat and set aside for 30 minutes for the flavours to infuse.
  2. Strain the mixture into a bowl, discarding the corn, then return to a clean saucepan. Bring just to a simmer over low–medium heat, then remove from the heat.
  3. Meanwhile, soak the gelatine in a bowl of cold water for 3 minutes, then squeeze to remove the excess moisture. Whisk the gelatine into the coconut cream mixture until dissolved, then strain through a sieve into four 170 ml ramekins. Cover with plastic wrap, then refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or until set.
  4. Scatter the toasted coconut over the maja blanca maiz, to serve.

Where does it come from?

  • By some accounts, maja blanca is the offspring to Spanish manjar blanco, meaning ‘white delicacy’. The two dishes are also related to French blancmange and Italian panna cotta, other white set custard puddings. For maja blanca, cow’s milk and cream were replaced with local coconut milk/cream. When corn, known as maiz, is added, it becomes maja blanca maiz. Tibok-tibok, meaning heartbeat, is a similar Filipino dessert made with carabao’s (water buffalo's) milk.
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