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Puerto Rico Desserts

Page history last edited by Lynn Gradinjan 12 years, 3 months ago

Puerto Rico






Main Dishes



Mantecado de Coco

2 egg yolks
1 cup hot milk
1½ cups sugar
½ tsp. salt
1 cup cold milk

2 cups coconut milk


Beat the yolks and sugar. Add hot milk and salt. Cook this over low heat until it thickens a bit. Add cold milk and coconut milk. Freeze in ice cream freezer or - as they do in Puerto Rico - freeze in a bowl or ice cube trays.


Guava Bars

½ pound butter
1 cup granulated sugar
2 egg yolks
2 cups flour
1 cup chopped nuts
½ bar guava paste


Cream butter. Gradually add sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks and beat well. Gradually add flour and mix. Fold in nuts. Spoon half the batter into greased square pan. Top with slices of guava paste. Cover with remaining batter. Bake 1 hour at 350º F until lightly browned. Cool completely before cutting.





Cool and delicious

4 cups coconut milk
½ cup of cornstarch
2/3 cup of sugar
½ tsp. salt
1 tblsp. orange blossom water (optional)

ground cinnamon


In a saucepan dissolve cornstarch in 1/4 cup coconut milk. Once dissolved add the rest of the coconut milk, sugar, and salt. Cook at medium-high heat stirring constantly! As it thickens, lower heat until it boils thick. Pour right away into wet molds, pans or cups. Cool and then cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Carefully separate the tembleque from the mold using a knife. Turn it over unto a dish.  Sprinkle with cinnamon.


Makes about 12 servings.


Besitos de Coco
Old fashioned style
 Easy Coconut Kisses candy

2 cups grated coconut (bagged will do)
1½ cups brown sugar
1 cup water


Combine the coconut and water in a medium caldero. Bring to a boil. Add the brown sugar and stir. Cook on low heat until the sugar melts and the texture is thick and very sticky. Drop by tablespoons on a greased cookie sheet or on cookie sheet covered with waxed paper. Now let the cookies cool down.

This makes about 20 cookies.

This is a Puerto Rican recipe and a great candy that people made in their homes for the holidays.





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