What the pantry offers
6 January 2009, 3:56 pm
Filed under: Cooking, Food

I have the tendency to purchase ingredients for recipes I want to have a go at on impulse.  Frequently, majority of these items end up in the pantry waiting to be noticed till the next itch to experiment comes along.  Over the holidays, finishing off all the stock of canned goods in the pantry is one of the many domestic realities I have to confront.  Amongst the various sizes of canned goods, I found a can of super sweet corn kernels, a can of sweetened condensed milk, and a can of coconut milk – still safe to eat. Google uncovered several recipes for Maja Blanca. I have never made Maja Blanca before so here is my improvisation based on what the pantry offers.

1 cup glutinous rice flour (supposedly for my masi recipe)
1 can sweetened condensed milk (intended for cassava cake)
1 can coconut milk (intended for cassava cake)
1 can super sweet corn kernels (drained) (for another soup recipe)
1 tsp salt
1 cup water
Butter – to grease any pan or dish

+ 1 can coconut cream (intended for cassava cake) to make latik

Dissolve glutinous rice flour in the water.
Add the coconut milk, sweet corn kernels, and salt.
Cook and stir over medium heat until liquid is rich and thick.  Remove from the heat and pour in sweetened condensed milk.  Return to the stove top and simmer over low heat, stirring constantly until well combined.
Pour into desired buttered pan or dish.
Chill until firm and serve cold.

I boiled the coconut cream (other recipes recommend milk not cream) so …  the magic of improvisation, over medium high heat and allowed it to simmer until the oil started coming out.  I kept stirring until the curds changed from milky white to golden brown.

Suggestion:  Add only half a can of the sweetened condensed milk and half a can of the sweet corn.



youngest daughter spreading the latik all over

youngest daughter spreading the latik all over




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