Tembleque de Coco (Coconut Tembleque)


Tembleque de coco is a traditional dish served in Puerto Rico around the holiday season. It is jiggly and similar in texture to a panna cotta.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
4 hrs 40 mins
Total Time:
5 hrs 15 mins
1 9-inch cake pan


  • 4 cups coconut milk

  • 1 ½ cups coconut cream

  • 1 ½ cups evaporated milk

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1 cup milk

  • 1 cup cornstarch

  • cup white sugar

  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 1 teaspoon orange blossom water

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon lime zest

  • 1 pinch ground cinnamon, or to taste


  1. Combine coconut milk, coconut cream, evaporated milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger in a large saucepan.

  2. Mix milk and cornstarch together in a bowl until dissolved; stir into coconut milk mixture. Add sugar, vanilla extract, orange blossom water, salt, and lime zest to coconut milk mixture; cook, stirring constantly, over medium heat until simmering and mixture begins to thicken, about 5 minutes. Lower heat to medium-low and cook until thickened, about 15 minutes.

  3. Remove the saucepan from heat, pour mixture into a deep 9-inch cake pan, and cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes. Cover pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate until tembleque is chilled, at least 4 hours to overnight.

  4. Remove tembleque from the refrigerator and allow to sit at room temperature, about 10 minutes. Dip bottom of the pan in a bowl of warm water for 1 minute. Carefully separate tembleque from the pan by running a thin knife around the edges. Place a serving dish on top of the pan and invert tembleque onto the dish; garnish with cinnamon.


An 8-cup flavored gelatin mold ring or individual ramekins can be used in place of the cake pan if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

430 Calories
27g Fat
46g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 430
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 27g 34%
Saturated Fat 23g 117%
Cholesterol 11mg 4%
Sodium 163mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 46g 17%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 31g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 3mg 15%
Calcium 124mg 10%
Iron 2mg 8%
Potassium 370mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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