Photo by Norma Torres

Tembleque, Puerto Rican Coconut Pudding

Cuisine: Puerto Rican
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Servings: 6 servings
Tembleque is one of Puerto Rico's most popular desserts. This tasty coconut pudding that gets its quirky name due to its wiggly texture.

In this recipe we are bringing the moves and flavor with tembleque, one of Puerto Rico’s most popular desserts. It gets its peculiar name because once molded, it jiggles. Temblar means to tremble, hence tembleque.

This dessert is easy, comforting and delicious. It reminds me of my childhood when our nanny would make it for us and she would let me sit in a corner making sure I scraped the pot clean of all leftover pudding. Sweet memories. I still scrape the pot… old habits never die.



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  1. In a sauce pan mix dry ingredients and cinnamon stick.
  2. Over medium heat, whisk the milk making sure scraping sides to have a smooth texture. Continue to cook using your whisk until thick.
  3. Pour into molds or a bundt pan. Place in refrigerator and let set for at least and hour or more depending on the mold you use.
  4. Serve and garnish.
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