Saturday, November 15, 2008

My Kitchen My World - Puerto Rico

This week's chosen country isn't technically a country - it's a U.S. territory. But the MKMW moderator believes that Puerto Rico should be treated as its own country for the purposes of this blogging event. I'm glad - we got to enjoy a real treat this week! You see, Puerto Ricans are really smart when it comes to food. They make a deliciously creamy pudding, call it Maizena, and eat it for breakfast!

I made this on Thursday morning, and it was perfect. The morning was rainy, chilly, and dreary. It was wonderful to have this warm, creamy, comfort-food dish for breakfast.


Maizena
2 tbsp. cornstarch
1/8 tsp. salt
3 tbsp. sugar
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
2 cups milk (I departed from authenticity here and used 3 eggs plus enough milk to make 2 cups. This cut down the cooking time and upped the protein)

Whisk together the cornstarch, salt, sugar, and cinnamon in a large saucepan. Stir in the milk (and eggs, in my case) to evenly blend ingredients, and set over medium-high heat. Continue whisking and cooking until custard reaches a thick consistency, 25 to 30 minutes (with the eggs, it took about 5-10 minutes). It is important to stir the entire time, or the custard can easily burn or clump. The custard will continue to thicken as it cools. Spoon into bowls to serve.


As I pointed out, I added eggs to the regular recipe. The idea of a shorter cooking time really appealed to me, since my kids don't like to stand around waiting for their breakfast - they want it now! It tasted absolutely delicious - my kids felt like they were getting a special treat for their breakfast, as did I! This would even work well as a dessert. But I would really love to try this recipe the way the Puerto Ricans make it - without eggs. That is, if I think my arm can hold up to 25 minutes of whisking...

13 comments:

Michelle Dargen said...

I want pudding for breakfast! That looks delish!

Elra said...

Oh Pudding for breakfast, that is delicious! They have (almost) similar pudding like this in Indonesia, it also serve for breakfast!

Meg said...

That looks so creamy and delicious! YUM!

Natashya said...

Yes to pudding for breakfast! Sounds good to me!

Judy said...

Sounds really delicious. I can relate to the waiting time!

Lauren said...

oh, that looks great. i love pudding and now i want that! and it looks simple enough to make! great idea!

Roxanne said...

Wow, I really wonder what an eggless pudding or custard would be like? It sounds interesting.

It also sounds like this dish would be great comfort food for my cold right now, if I can stand the 25 minutes of stirring as well.

Marisa said...

That looks really good! Oh, and good luck on the move!

Anonymous said...

This is really yummy! I made it for myself for breakfast this morning! Now my kids are getting up....I guess I will have to make more for them! Thanks for sharing. I love your blog!

Anonymous said...

Im puertorican i have this all the time its soooo good but my family call it crema

Jackie Harrison said...

Thank you for this recipes bring me back to my childhood

Trippler said...

I am also Puerto Rican (born in Mayaguez) where the word "maĆ­z" originated - it is the word for maize or corn.

We did not use the word Maizena for this dish as maizena is the corn starch used in the making of what we call " crema ". I would add lemon or orange zest along with some juice from either fruit with a tab or two of butter plus coco cream to give it a superb flavor. If you use coco cream you will not need to add sugar.

In Puerto Rican dishes you generally do not measure how much ingredients you add to the dish. Instead, you do so "al gusto" which means "to taste". Thus, add as much sweetener, cream, or whatever as you see fit.


Whenever I make muffins, pies, cakes, pancakes, or any form of dessert, my favorite addition is sweetened coco cream - nothing adds as much flavor as this wonderful ingredient does.


Enjoy!

Trippler said...

http://www.unilever.es/Images/maizena_harina450x450_tcm126-331706.jpg


Note how the box reads "Maizena - Harina fina de Maiz" which means 'refined corn flour' or corn starch. Again, maizena is only a reference to the corn flour/starch, not to the breakfast dish. At least this is how I was taught in my youth.


other examples of maizena product brands used to make a wide variety of treats & meals:


http://tinyurl.com/pmw8bfg