Maja Mais

Maja Blanca is one of the famous Philippine desserts, it is made out of coconut milk, corn and cornstarch not sure how this originated but basing on its name it is definitely of Spanish origin, it may have been invented when the Philippines was still under control of the Spanish Colonial Government as the name is purely Spanish where “Maja” means to pound, grind, mash or reduce to pulp while “Blanca” means white. The name itself closely defines the food and how it is made because during that period the coconut meat is ground and pounded to extract the coconut milk. There are also some variations of this recipe but the basic ones are just using coconut milk and cornstarch, other add corn kernels (Maja Mais) and I even saw some variations that placed ground nuts.

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Maja Mais

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  • 3 1/2 cups coconut milk
  • 1 large can Evaporated Milk (370 ml)
  • 3/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cups whole corn kernel
  • 3/4 cup creamed corn


  1. Combine 2 cups coconut milk, evaporated milk, cornstarch, sugar, corn kernels and creamed corn in a mixing bowl and stir thoroughly; it should be free of lumps
  2. Place in a large sauce pan and cook while stirring constantly over low heat until thick, this will take around 25 minutes.
  3. Pour into small mould containers. Cool, then refrigerate until firm.
  4. In a separate sauce pan add the remaining coconut milk then boil, simmer in medium heat until it starts to become coconut oil, at this point lower the heat and continue stirring until latik forms, that’s the brown residue that forms when oil is separated from the liquid. Continue until no liquid is left apart from the oil. Separate oil and residue (latik).
  5. Once maja is stiff, slice in cubes then top each with latik.



15 Responses

  1. Coconut in it! That’s for me for sure. I have never heard of this sweets before, but now I know about this. I’m learning a lot here… 🙂

  2. Very interesting corn based dessert, never seen this before

  3. this looks fantastic! I love the idea of the coconut milk with the corn. I don’t believe I have ever combined them in anything but this sounds rich and delicious!

  4. u8mypinkcookies says:

    nomnomnom 😀

  5. Such a cool dessert. I like the idea of corn, which you don’t see in too many American desserts. Looks so creamy.

  6. Ohhh yum! I love all things coconut.

  7. Now this is a most unusual kind of dessert, but it sounds really interesting to combine coconut and corn. I’d love to taste it! 🙂

  8. Caroline says:

    I had no idea what these were after just reading the title, but the description sounds delicious! Love the addition of corn. Awesome photo. 🙂

  9. I learned something new again, I’ve never heard of Maja Mais before but it looks delicious. I really like this dessert

  10. One of my students once brought in a treat, that was a lot like this one, to share with the class. It was delicious, and I’m sure this is too! I love trying out new sweets! 🙂

  11. Thanks for Sharing Raymund, been wanting to make this but could not find anything similar. Let me try with my own twist and see what happens/

  12. Sissi says:

    I usually prefer the soft, custard-like desserts, so this one sounds very seducing! (However if I ever make it I’ll have to ask you how to pronounce it 😉 )

  13. How exciting, a good-looking corn dessert! The corn is so sweet at this time of year, it’s a shame fewer people think to make it into desserts.

  14. Luisa says:

    I’ve wanted to learn how to make this for the longest time! Thank you for sharing this <3

    I can't wait to try this recipe xD!

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