If someone offers you a Dominican arepa, don’t expect to get anything like the traditional Venezuelan or Colombian corn “pockets.” Instead, you will get a dense, sweet, cinnamoney cornmeal cake. Arepa is considered a dessert best enjoyed with a freshly brewed cup of coffee.
1½cups cornmeal (Masarepa)
113-ounce can coconut milk
2 cinnamon sticks
1/2cup granulated sugar OR sugar substitute (see label for amount equivalent)
3tablespoons unsalted butter + more for greasing baking dish