Tamal de Maicena

A sweet treat made with milk, corn, and vanilla.


  • 8 1/2 cups milk
  • A little over 1 cup heavy cream
  • Queso fresco (the size of a deck-of-cards, grated)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups and 2 tablespoons maicena (cornstarch)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 stick or 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • Pinch of salt


  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Boil all but 1 cup of the milk.
  • While milk is coming to a boil, in a separate bowl, mix the remaining cup of milk with the cream, egg, maicena, cheese, salt, cinnamon, and vanilla.
  • When the milk begins to boil, turn the heat down, and add the butter and sugar.
  • Stir.
  • Add the maicena mixture and stir continuously. The mixture will thicken, which should take about 5 minutes, and will come back to a boil. When the mixture kind of blobs off the spoon you know it’s ready. Pour the mixture into a 10-inch round pan and bake for about 20 minutes, or until golden brown.

#dessert #vegetarian #glutenfree

Recipe submitted by Hannah Kelley-Bell - Peace Corps Volunteer, Costa Rica (2010-2012)

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