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Tembleque de Coco - Coconut Tembleque

Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars

"Tembleque is a traditional dish served in Puerto Rico around the holiday season. It is jiggly and similar in texture to a panna cotta."
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5 h 15 m servings 430
Original recipe yields 12 servings (1 deep 9-inch cake pan)


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


  • Cook's Note:
  • An 8-cup Jell-O® mold ring or individual ramekins can be used in place of the cake pan, if desired.
  • Partner Tip
  • Reynolds® Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 430 calories; 26.8 45.7 5 11 162 Full nutrition

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I was looking for an authentic recipe like my abuela used to make me and this was it! I followed the recipe exactly and it was wonderful! Making it today for a second time because my family devo...