Puerto Rican Tembleque – Coconut Pudding

Tembleque - Puerto Rican Coconut Pudding

Puerto Rican Tembleque – Coconut Pudding is a coconut dessert pudding from Puerto Rico. This creamy dessert is one of the most popular desserts in Puerto Rican cuisine.

The traditional tembleque recipe is naturally vegan-friendly. Tembleque is mostly served during the holidays. Although, you can find it around restaurants year around. There are a few variations of tembleque flavors. But my favorite is the traditional recipe.

Other Puerto Rican desserts you will love are Vegan Quesitos and Coconut Candy.

About Puerto Rican Tembleque – Coconut Pudding

  • The recipe originated in Puerto Rico but there are a few variants around Latin America.
  • In Spanish the word “Tembleque” is an advective to describe something that shakes. Due to the Jell-O, texture, this dessert shakes when prepared correctly. That’s why they called it tembleque.
  • This recipe is made with simple ingredients. You only need coconut milk, sugar, salt, vanilla, cornstarch, and cinnamon.
  • Also, you can top your tembleque with a caramel sauce, fruit, or any other sauce.
  • Replace your ingredients with other flavors for a delicious variation. In addition, you can add extracts and even dried fruits inside the tembleque.

Here’s a Tutorial for my Tembleque recipe:

 

My abuela used to make the best tembleque. Furthermore, she loved making Christmas desserts for friends and family. I hope you give this recipe a try and let me know.

Tips to Make Tembleque:

  • Use regular canned coconut milk. Make sure to shake well before using. Also, strain the milk using a fine mesh strainer.
  • The Trader Joe’s brand is great but it’s not the best for making tembleque.
  • Do not leave it unattended.
  • Mix the cornstarch with a few tablespoons of milk inside a small container. Whisk until is fully incorporated. Then add it to your coconut milk. This process will avoid a lumpy mixture.

In conclusion, If you give this recipe a try, let me know what you think! Leave a comment below. Also, don’t forget to take a picture and share it on my Facebook page or tag it #thehungrydragonfly on Instagram! I love seeing your creations!

Tembleque - Puerto Rican Coconut Pudding

Puerto Rican Tembleque - Coconut Pudding

Mariela
Puerto Rican Tembleque - Coconut Pudding is a coconut dessert pudding from Puerto Rico. This creamy dessert is one of the most popular desserts in Puerto Rican cuisine.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Latin American, Puerto Rican
Servings 8 people
Calories

Equipment

  • Whisker
  • medium saucepan

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cans coconut milk, regular
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • ground cinnamon for garnish

Instructions
 

  • In a medium pot over medium heat stir coconut milk, sugar, and salt together. Add cinnamon sticks.
  • Spoon a few tablespoons of the coconut milk mixture into a small bowl and stir cornstarch into the mixture to dissolve. Pour into the mixture in the saucepan.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil while stirring constantly. Cook until smooth and thick, about 3-5 minutes.
  • Pour into mold, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until cold and firm, 2-3 hours. Refrigerate overnight for better results.
  • Run a knife around the edges of the mold and invert it onto a plate to remove putting. Garnish with cinnamon.

Video

Keywords Coconut Pudding, Puerto Rican Recipes, Puerto Rican Tembleque, Tembleque

3 thoughts on “Puerto Rican Tembleque – Coconut Pudding

  1. This looks dreamy! Wow, thank you for sharing all these awesome Puerto Rican recipes. It’s not a cuisine I’m very familiar with and I’m learning so much! Now I want to visit… and eat this pudding!

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