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Tembleque Coconut Pudding

In Puerto Rico, they make a coconut pudding called Tembleque. This dish is eaten in Latin America where in Brazil they call it Manjar Branco.

It is made with coconut milk, cornstarch, cinnamon, sugar and salt. Variations include the use of cloves, nutmeg, vanilla, rum, mint and even orange blossoms.

Even though it is called a pudding, this mixture is made into a jelly like consistency. The name Tembleque might have come from “tremble” because the dish shakes like a jelly. Do you also think of Jurassic Park when there is any mention of jelly?