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Tropical Maja Blanca

February 27, 2015

Soft and silky creamy coconut tropical maja blanca pudding cake is like biting into a slice of tropical paradise topped with toasted macadamia nuts and freshly cut pineapple and is deliciously vegan, lactose-free and gluten-free.Tropical Maja Blanca / http://bamskitchen.com

Are you chilled to the bone and sick and tired of that "white cold stuff" falling from the sky or just a gray and dull sky?  Then come along with me as we are going to crank the heat up, put on our itsy bitsy bikinis/Bermuda trunks, make ourselves a margarita and  "Enjoy a little slice of tropical heaven with a Philippine dessert called Maja Blanca". (Well, I may not be actually donning that itsy bitsy yellow polka dot bikini but I do highly suggest you try this delicious dessert)

Tropical Maja Blanca / http://bamskitchen.com

Maja blanca is a very traditional sweet treat also sometimes called a coconut cake or coconut pudding from the Philippines. Our very sweet little Shirley Vilan who has made an appearance in Bam's Kitchen many times before was making a traditional batch of Maja Blanca for her friend's 50th birthday party. I wanted to learn how to make this delicious Philippine dessert, so joined in on the cooking, but I opted to make my version gluten-free, lactose free, vegan and low-fat. (You know I am always the radical one in the group and have to be different...)

Tropical Maja Blanca / http://bamskitchen.com

The "traditional" maja blanca is not the healthiest of all options as it has full fat cream, evaporated milk or sometimes even sweetened condensed milk and full fat coconut milk or even coconut cream. The mix of dry ingredients to wet ingredients is really easy to remember as it is 1 cup cornstarch to 5 cups of liquid

Tropical Maja Blanca / http://bamskitchen.com

I have a lactose intolerance so I decided to swap out all of the heavy cream with almond milk and use low-fat coconut milk. You can use any milk exchange you wish but be aware that soy milk sometimes turns gray. White or yellow coconut cream makes for a prettier maja blanca. I think that 4 parts of coconut milk to 1 parts almond milk was a perfect balance of flavors but you can change that to suite your likes, you just need to end up with 5 cups of liquid milk type of product to one cup cornstarch.

Tropical Maja Blanca / http://bamskitchen.com

As you know, I do not like really sweet desserts, but only delicately sweet ones. You can  exchange coconut sugar or alternative sweeteners as desired or the amount of sugar to suite your needs. If you want to make yours diabetic friendly, then use berries, instead of pineapple to garnish and of course sugar alternative instead of granulated sugar. You will still need to count this as your diabetic exchange for a carbohydrate. My Tropical Maja Blanca version is lactose-free, gluten-free, vegan and the lightened up version of a traditional maja blanca.

Tropical Maja Blanca / http://bamskitchen.com

Traditionally, corn is usually mixed in the maja blanca (coconut pudding) with crushed peanuts on top. Yeah... I know what you are thinking... !!! Asia puts shrimp, oysters and corn on top of their pizza too. So with that in mind, I knew that you may not like that so I kept mind plain and smooth and creamy and instead topped it with tropical flavors to compliment the coconut pudding such as fresh pineapple and toasted macadamia nuts. Have fun with your toppings as it is really nice to have something crunchy on top like nuts, toasted coconut and don't knock it until you try it but if you like corn, it really adds and interesting sweet taste and texture to this dessert.

Tropical Maja Blanca / http://bamskitchen.com

This is one simple dessert as you just cook it on the stove over low heat for about 15 minutes, pour in a dish and cool and eat. It has only 6 little ingredients, you have to love that!  I put a little coconut oil on to my dish  to prevent it from sticking but Shirley did not and hers did not stick at all either. This is such and easy and tasty dessert and it makes you feel like you are on holiday in the tropics.

Tropical Maja Blanca / http://bamskitchen.com

If you want a tropical menu to help beat those winter blues, then please try my Hawaiian Luau Rice, Tropical Thai swordfish and for dessert a slice of my tropical maja blanca. I am sure you will forget all about that cold white stuff on the ground.

Tropical Maja Blanca / http://bamskitchen.com

So what are you waiting for? Turn on that Jimmy Buffett music on, whip up a tropical maja blanca dessert and lets take a mental holiday...to the tropics.

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Tropical Maja Blanca

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February 27, 2015

Soft and silky creamy coconut maja blanca pudding cake is like biting into a slice of tropical paradise topped with toasted macadamia nuts and fresh cut pineapple.

  • Cook: 2 hrs 20 mins
  • Yields: 8 Adults or 1 Hungry Teenager

Ingredients

cornstarch - 1 cup

coconut milk - 4 cups low fat

almond milk - 1 cup (or milk product or substitute of choice)

sugar or sugar alternative - 3/4 cup (I used coconut sugar but you can use any sugar alternative of choice or just granulated sugar)

pineapple - 1 cup fresh cut into slices or about 1/4 of whole fresh pineapple

macadamia nuts - 1/2 cup toasted and crushed

coconut oil - optional (just a light coating inside the dish to prevent sticking)

Directions

1In a large saucepan, add cornstarch and slowly add the coconut milk and almond milk and whisk to get out any lumps. Add the sugar. Stir over low heat/simmer and stir continuously for about 12-15 minutes or until maja blanca is thick enough that it does not drip off of your spoon. You must stir continuously or it will stick and burn on the bottom of the pan. (If you want to add sweet corn, you would add one cup drained, at this point, and stir well)

2Grease the bottom of your 9 inch pie pan or pan equivalency with coconut oil (optional) and pour inside your hot and thick maja blanca. Allow the maja blanca to come to room temperature and then put in the freezer for 1/2 hour and then transfer to the refrigerator for at least one and a half hours until set. You do not need to put in the freezer but it helps to expedite the setting procedure.

3Garnish your tropical maja blanca with pineapple and toasted macadamia nuts or anything your heart desires. More traditional toppings include toasted coconut and crushed peanuts. Enjoy!

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  • Maureen | Orgasmic Chef

    That is so pretty and perfect for a hot summer night like tonight. I’m in!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hi There Maureen, thank you dear. It really is a refreshing dessert and not too heavy. Smooth and creamy but light. I am delighted you were able to meet up with Nagi and Charlie, just to name a few foodie bloggers. The world really is a small place!

  • wow! What a lovely dessert! I love coconut and pineapple flavors mixed together! Sounds delicious!

  • Amazing dessert! I love pineapple and coconut flavors mixed together! Just like pina colada! lovely!

  • Wow Bobbie- I am LOVING the texture of this Tropical Maja Blanca – and, being lactose intolerant myself – I so appreciate your lightened up, lactose-free, gluten-free, vegan version!
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Shashi! I think most people would have not problem with the full fat, full cream/milk version but for us that would be lactose intolerant torture. Well 5 minutes of bliss and a day or so of torture. I did not miss the full cream for one moment and it really is a delightful and a fun dessert. Wishing you a very happy, snowless and warmer weekend!

  • hotlyspiced

    Well this is just perfect for the weather we’re having right now. I really love the look of this and I think I prefer your version, with the coconut low-fat milk instead of the full-cream dairy variety. To me the tropical flavour of the coconut is so perfect with the pineapple xx

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Charlie! I am delighted to hear that you were able to meet up with Maureen and other fantastic bloggers this week. Australia is such a happening foodie destination, it really needs to get on my bucket list. I thought most readers, unless your home country is from the Philippines, would appreciate the coconut and pineapple combo as it has spring/summer written all over it. Have a super weekend and wishing your daughter a speedy recovery!

  • Wow! I am so loving this version and I bet it beat the traditional one, hands down! Your photos are awesome and I love white cosmos!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Abbe! I think both the traditional version and the lightened up version of this dessert are very special in their own way. If you like corn in your desserts then you should really try it as it gives this dessert a fun texture.

  • OMG, are you kidding me right now? That is the most beautiful dessert I’ve even seen…..droooooooling is understatement! My two favorite combinations: coconut and pineapple. And what a pretty name too! Loving the styling with the flowers and then simple ingredients….wow. Gotta make it this weekend, maybe it’ll make me feel like the spring is near 🙂

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you dear! I love coconut and pineapple too. I can almost feel the warm sand under my feet, hear the waves from the ocean and feel the warm breeze on my face with each and every bite of a tropical Maja Blanca. It is one of those desserts that will take you away… on a mini holiday. Sending some warm breezes your way…

  • Looks delicious. I’ve never had maja blanca with pineapple. It is definitely one to try.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello Ray! I bet you have never had a Maja Blanca made this this before. Do you usually make yours with full cream and sweetened condensed milk? My friend, Shirley, used a full fat cream called “Dream” from one of the Philippine markets here in Hong Kong. She did not use sweetened condensed milk as she prefers hers just lightly sweet, like me. You have so many delicious sweet treats listed on your site, on my way to check it out now!

  • Looks absolutely delicious, and perfect for this early spring!!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Dawn! Sending some warm thoughts and breezes your way!

  • kitchenriffs

    Wow, gorgeous dish! Love the pictures, particularly the spatula one. 😉 This looks excellent — thanks.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello John, that spatula was just for you and if you want you can lick the bowl clean too. The good thing about this dessert is there is no raw eggs to worry about. I am glad you like the photos, I have a long way to catch up to you but I am trying. Take care, BAM

  • I’ve got to try this one and share it with some Filipino friends! Gorgeous photos, too 🙂

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello Brenda! I know I rarely post desserts on Bam’s Kitchen, but I finally did. My hubby thinks I need to get that changed around pronto… wink wink…I hope you enjoy this delicately sweet dessert. If you are making for your friends from the Philippines, I would recommend adding the corn and sprinkle with toasted peanuts as this is more traditional.

  • I was so curious what this was when I saw the picture! Is it a cake? Is it a pudding? I wondered – came over to check it out – and am now convinced that I have to give it a go! 🙂 The ingredients list is crazy short too. Easy! 🙂

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Nagi! Tropical Maja Blanca is a really fun dessert and with just 6 little ingredients and 15 minutes, a snap to put together for a gathering. It has the texture of a silky and creamy dessert. I hope you give it a try. I am delighted you were able to meet up with a few other bloggers this week, how fun is that! Have a super weekend!

  • Robyn

    I was wondering the same thing as Nagi and I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s just plain heaven! Love that it’s so easy and I can’t wait to serve this on girls’ night! Bobbi, you are always so wonderfully creative in your kitchen and this is special! Gorgeous photos 🙂 Sharing all over. Have a great weekend!

    • Bams Kitchen

      This dessert would be fun on a girls night or any gathering you want to forget about that white cold stuff outside. When I lived in snowy cold Michigan, we used to have a party every year around this time for those who could not afford taking time off work to go on a holiday to the beach. We played some Jimmy Buffett, made some fun drinks with lots of fruit and umbrellas hanging off of it and of course ate. If I would have known about this Maja Blanca dessert back then, it would have been perfect. Wishing you a super weekend!

  • That pure white color and the bright yellows are so lively and just gorgeous. Your photography is so beautiful as usual.

    • Bams Kitchen

      I am glad you like the photos. However, I am sure you will like tasting the tropical Maja Blanca even more. Take care

  • Kathleen Richardson

    BAM, I’m loving the snow we’re finally getting here in NYS’s Southern Tier. Having said that, however, I look forward to spring days when I can really appreciate this beautiful dessert.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Dearest Kathleen! Sending you some warm thoughts and warm breezes your way. You could easily cut the proportions of this dessert down to 1/4 and it would be perfect. a slice for now and a slice for later… Take care, BAM

  • That looks SOOOOOO beautiful !!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Carolyn!

  • This is so pretty–it sounds like a wonderful healthy dessert!

    • Bams Kitchen

      thank you Nancy, I guess it is healthy as far as desserts go..it is just delicately sweet.

  • What a great adaptation. I have evaporated milk left over in my fridge that needs using up somehow 🙂

    • Bams Kitchen

      Evaporated milk is a good exchange for almond milk and can use fructose instead of sugar for you my dear… have a super day!

  • BAM, this would suit my lactose intolerant family very well. Lovely photos as usual.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Great dessert for this lactose intolerant family and friends. You do not miss the real cream or milk with the creamy coconut milk. Thank you!

  • Hi Bam, this looks so beautiful and delicious, love it!!

    • Bams Kitchen

      I decided to bring out the outdoors inside with some fresh flowers on my Maja Blanca as I am so ready for spring. I know the rest of the world is in a pile of snow but we have not seen sunshine for over 3 weeks in HK so I needed a little treat to bring up my spirits.

  • Ok, I’ve got my bikini on over my long underwear so I’m all set here Bam. This is so beautiful, I’m getting happy even just looking at the pictures. At first I thought you’d made a cake with fondant & thought that was pretty impressive. This is even more impressive – I’m still trying to figure out how you got it out of the pan & onto the plate without one little oops. The topping is oh so tropical & fun!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Oh Diane, I knew you would have some funny saying to make me accidentally spit out my coffee out of my mouth this morning… LOL I am glad this little maja blanca brings a little happiness into your day. Thank you for your kind comment. Actually, it is easier than you think to move the maja blanca to a dish or plate. Just put the plate, on top of your dish and turn over and it slides out really easy. Maybe get your hubby to lend a hand for the flip. I used coconut oil just to make sure but my friend did not use anything at all and hers slid right out. The only challenge is you have to be a little coordinated to invert your hands one over the other. Just wondering if you were wearing white or pink long johns’ under your bikini… (smiling)

  • Wow! You have introduced me to something new (and really delicious) here.. never heard of a maja blanca before but now I have to try one!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Glad to bring you something new to you from Asia. It is such a snap to put together and really creamy. Have a super week!

  • I have never heard of this dessert before, but I am all for tropical flavours 😀
    Your photos blow me away as always!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you CCU and I am certainly glad we got the comment section sorted. Thanks for letting me know.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello CCU, I know this recipe does not have chocolate in it, but I know you will like it. Thanks so much for your kind comment.

  • It looks so good and delicious ,awesome colors

    • Bams Kitchen

      I am so glad you liked this recipe and thanks for stopping by.

  • Whoa, one of Alesah’s favourites! Creamy, smooth and not too sweet, love this! Nice feature, Bam 😉

    Julie & Alesah
    Gourmet Getaways xx

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello Julie and Alesha! I hope that you guys can make maja blanca soon for one of holidays or just because you wanted something to brighten your day. Have a super weekend!

  • Wow nice to see such recipe here in your blog, we love this dessert

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello Raymund, so glad you liked to see a little of your home town recipes here on Bam’s Kitchen. I hope it brought back some good memories. Take Care

  • Lovely! I like how you lightened up this dessert. I need to try this. Love the photos!!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Sandra, wishing you a super weekend!

  • oh yeah. yum. I wonder about a little gelatin- not that I have any problem with the cornstarch. This does look like a nice light dessert. I’m going to soak some almonds tonight for almond milk. cheers… wendy

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello Wendy, wow you make your own almond milk? I really need to try to make that too. I bet you could use gelatine but it will not be as creamy. It is more of a pudding texture than jello, if you know what I mean…

  • I want this tropical paradise on a plate in front of me right now!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Katerina… I know that coconut milk is not an item used frequently in Greek cooking but this dessert is really special and hope you try it one day.

  • This tropical dessert looks fantastic Bobbi! Love it ! Pinned!

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Mira! Saving a slice just for you…

  • Simply damn delicious and restaurant quality dessert!!!
    Good job Bam

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Dedy! Wishing you a super weekend.

  • Wow! I’ve not tried this before but it does look amazing. Lovely presentation to boot! 🙂

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thanks Jean! I bet this would be fun to make for a bento box idea and then cut shapes out of the dessert and decorate as you do best.

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  • I will pretend to be in a tropical paradise with this, BAM! We are expecting more snow today and Thursday so I really need this to cheer me up. Love how you’ve lightened it. For me, any kind of pudding with coconut milk is bound to be addicting. This is so pretty, too. Thanks for the trip to the tropics. ; )

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello Monica, sending some warm thoughts and breezes your way. I will save you a slice of Maja Blanca.

  • Bobbi, this is such a beautiful dessert…and yes, very tropical…this reminds me of a dessert very popular in Brasil, called manjar de coco, instead of pineapple it is served with prune sauce…I love the pineapple on it…looks so refreshing!
    Have a wonderful week 🙂

    • Bams Kitchen

      HI there Juliana! I will have to check the recipe for manjar de coco. It sounds really interesting. Do you have this posted on your site?

  • Oh God! your pie looks amazing. I have no “white stuff” falling here in Florida but I could enjoy your tropical dessert everyday, all day!

    Velva

    • Bams Kitchen

      Thank you Velva and so glad to hear there is no white stuff falling in Florida. Can you imagine how people would react to driving with snow on the ground in Florida or Hong Kong…? I hope you enjoy this dessert. Have a super weekend.

  • Oh my, this looks like a very sinful treat! I’ll have just a tiny slice of it please! 😉

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello Jasline, I have saved a slice just for you! Wishing you safe travels and take care!

  • What an exotic vegan delight! I know close to nothing about Pinoy cooking so I’m thrilled to have this delicious offering to file away for a sweeter taste of the cuisine.

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello Hannah, it is great to be surrounded by people from all over the world in Hong Kong. The best part is learning about their food and culture. The recipes that I really love to learn how to make are the ones that they would make for their families at home. Maja Blanca would traditionally be served at a celebration like a birthday or holiday so it is very special.

  • Oh.My.GAWD. What have I been missing?! You have so many great looking recipes on your blog Bobbi!! I haven’t eaten dinner yet, so that just makes it 10 times worse, but I think I’ll stay awhile anyway. lol

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello Christine, thanks so much for stopping by and thanks for your very kind comment. Our family just loved your fish dish too! Looking forward to keeping in touch. Take Care, BAM

  • What a lovely dessert, I love pineapple and coconut flavors mixed together!

  • Holy WOW…. Now that is one pretty looking dessert. Pineapple & coconut, mmmmm…. pina colada cake! 🙂
    Better get cracking on making this beauty, any excuse to keep that feeling of warmth and sunshine in my world.
    Your photos are absolutely screen licking good. Could go a bite or 10 now. 🙂

  • Shut the front door! This looks like a giant sized panna cotta that I want to do a swan dive right into the middle of it! I might make these tiny sized!

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  • Keri Dawn

    May I ask how many servings this is?

    • Bams Kitchen

      Hello Keri,

      I hope this note finds you well and thanks for stopping by Bam’s Kitchen.

      In your response to how many servings is the recipe Tropical Maja Blanca the answer is about 8-12. It really depends on how hungry your crew is.

      I have hungry teenage boys so they wanted large portions (8 servings). However, I find the recipe rich and delicious and for normal setting would estimate 10-12 servings.

      Wishing you a super weekend.

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