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How to Make Maja Blanca

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Maja Blanca is a common Filipino dessert or snack and is made with coconut milk, corn kernels and cornstarch.

In high school we had a Home Economics class as part of our curriculum. Accordingly this was to prepare the boys and girls for when they will start their own future homes. For the freshmen girls, they were taught basic cooking while the boys were introduced to carpentry. The girls’ class was divided into groups and the group I was with was assigned to prepare Maja Blanca or coconut cake for dessert.

Maja Blanca is a common Filipino dessert or snack and is made with coconut milk, corn kernels and cornstarch. This snack is very easy to prepare and the ingredients are readily available so whenever you feel like having something special for snack or dessert then you should try making a batch of maja blanca for you and your family to enjoy.

Below are the basic ingredients and the process of making maja blanca. For the coconut milk ingredient, there are a lot of instant gata (coconut milk) powders already available in the market but it is still better to use fresh coconut milk. All you need to do is to buy from the wet market two coconuts and have them grated. Mix the grated coconut with four cups of hot water and then extract. For the toppings, you can toast the extracted grated coconut or you may substitute this by using grated cheese instead. If available, you may also use latik for your toppings. Latik is the sweet residue from boiling coconut milk to produce coconut oil.


4 cups coconut milk

3/4 cup corn starch

14 ounces condensed milk

3/4 cup fresh milk

3/4 cup granulated sugar

15 ounces whole sweet kernel corn

5 tbsp toasted grated coconut, latik or grated cheese


1) Pour gata or coconut milk into saucepan then bring to a boil.

2) Mix the sugar, condensed milk and corn kernels then stir to evenly distribute all ingredients.

3) Allow the mixture to simmer for a few minutes then add the fresh milk and cornstarch. Stir constantly to prevent lumps from forming.

4) Now and then check the consistency of the mixture; once the desired thickness is achieved, you may now turn off the heat.

5) Pour the mixture into a flat pan.

6) Set aside for the mixture to cool down then put in the refrigerator for at least an hour as it is best served cold.

7) Garnish with the toasted grated coconut, latik or grated cheese.

8) Enjoy as snack or dessert



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