Maja Blanca

It took me years to realize that I can prepare this Filipino delicacy here in Italy. Fortunately I met a group of Filipinas living in the town of Cornuda, a small and peaceful town in the province of Treviso, Italy. Thanks to these friends and the inspiration they gave me, I now know how to prepare some native Filipino dishes here in Italy. To find substitutes of ingredients that I usually use to prepare native dishes( canned coconut milk…) in a foreign land is a positive point of the globalizationprocess?
One of the favorite desserts prepared during special occasions in the island of Mindanao and the Visayas is a delicacy called ” Maja Blanca”. The original recipe is with sweet corn but this time, due to a special request from someone dear, I used chopped peanuts instead of sweet corn. Here’s my recipe…

MAJA BLANCA WITH PEANUTS

2 CANS COCONUT MILK – 800 ML

1 CAN CONDENSED MILK – 370 G.

140 GRAMS OF SUGAR

140 GRAMS OF CORNSTARCH

500 ML MILK

1/2 CUP OF CHOPPED PEANUTS

COCONUT MILK + SUGAR. BOIL FOR 15 MINUTES, STIR.
ADD CONDENSED MILK AND LOWER THE FIRE
ADD HALF PART OF THE CHOPPED NUTS
COOK OVER MEDIUM FIRE FOR 10 MINUTES STIRRING CONTINUOSLY.
ADD THE CORNSTARCH MELTED IN 200 ML MILK
ADD REMAINING MILK
CONTINUE COOKING FOR 15 MINUTI OVER LOW
HEAT
CONTINUE STIRRING SO AS TO PREVENT THE MIXTURE FROM STICKING TO THE PAN

POUR THE MIXTURE INTO DESIRED MOLD. SERVE
COLD

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Torta al caffè cotta con la Pentola Fornetto

Last week someone gave me a “Pentola Fornetto”, a kind of pan that you can use as oven. Well, I was truly curious to see if this is true so I started searching for a good recipe in the internet. I was unlucky, I wasted time and ingredients but I did not lose hope. If the comments left in the web were mostly positive ones, then I thought, if others can, I can. Suddenly, I remembered the old woman who gave this pan to me. I decided to call her and she willingly gave me her mother’s recipe which I would like to share with you.

Cake al caffè

2 Eggs
150 grams zucchero
100 grams melted butter
1/2 cup brewed coffee
1 cup of milk
A pinch of salt
300 grams sifted flour
16 grams of baking powder

Melted butter + sugar + eggs . Beat well until creamy.
Add brewed coffee, milk and salt. Mix well.
Add sifted flour + sifted baking powder

Line baking pan with butter and flour
Pour batter
Put “Pentola Fornetto” over pan adaptor( ( this special pan have an adaptor. See foto)

Bake at medium flame for 5 minutes then lower flame and bake for 40 minutes. Do not open the pan before end of cooking time. Oh! I placed something heavy to make sure that the pan is tightly closed.

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