Puerto Rico, La Isla del Encanto, is very well known this season because Boricuas celebrate the longest Christmas. Since the Friday after Thanksgiving, they decorate their homes with Christmas ornaments and the party doesn't stop until San Sebastian Day, on January 20. That may be the reason they invented this yummy tembleque, the easiest dessert ever, so you always have something sweet to give to people coming to visit to your house. I found the recipe in my good friend Jeannette Quiñones-Cantore's cooking blog Sazón Boricua.

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Makes 6-8 servings

1 15-oz can of coconut cream
2 cups of water
2/3 cup of cornstarch
1 cinnamon stick
3 cloves
1 pinch of salt

1. Mix the coconut cream, water, spices and salt really well.
2. Put this mixture into a saucepan and cook over medium heat stirring constantly until it boils.
3. Remove the spices (cinnamon and cloves).
4. Dilute cornstarch in a little water and add it to the pot. Continue cooking, stirring constantly, until it boils and thickens.
5. Remove from heat and pour the mixture into a baking dish.
6. Once the mix is completely set, turn it over on a platter and sprinkle with cinnamon.
7. Cut into cubes and it's ready to serve.


For more of Jeannette's recipes (in Spanish), visit Sazón Boricua.

Image via Sazón Boricua

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With a Master Degree from Columbia University, Enriqueta is a journalist that went from the newsroom to the world of public relations and 8 years ago discovered the beauty of creating content for various companies. She is based in South Florida, and is the creator of Savoir Faire The Pleasures of the Palate, a blog that marries two of her passions: writing and cooking. 

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I have never tried it but looks and sounds good, I would give it a try I know boricuan food is very good.
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Good recipe
no sugar?
There is so much sugar in coconut cream, you don't need it. It's the stuff they make Pina Coladas with.
It is delicious! I wonder if you can add shredded coconut for added texture?
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Tried the recipe, very disappointed as it did not set. The Tembleque is runny...no bueno.
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Then you mix a little more starch.l love tumbleweed but lately coconut gives me a headache go figure..:~(
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