Young Coconut Dessert, DULCE de COCO TIERNO

In my kitchen today .... sweet young coconut cream dessert or Dulce de Coco Tierno as we call it here. Although we have many coconut trees in our farm, I must confess that this is the first time I made this dessert.  It was not until my aunt, Nidia, who came to visit and made some delicious coconut dessert with coconuts from our farm, that I got inspired to prepare some myself. I always procrastinated making this dessert until now, I had all the ingredients and it was just a matter to start preparing it. I am happy with the outcome because it is another of my hubby's favorites that I've learned to prepare! The second time I made this recipe, I doubled the amount because one batch is not enough for us. I hope you make this recipe and enjoy it as much as we do. If you can't get tender coconut meat in you area, mature coconut or grated coconut could be used.

En español: AQUÍ

 Below you can see part of the coconut, tangerine and orange trees that we planted ten years ago in our farm.

Lately I have very little time to update my blog, as much as I would like. Why? My dream for a few years now, has been to get a Siberian Husky. Well, this past week it became true. I not only have one, but three Siberian Husky puppies: Suki, Brownie and Mía. But that's not everything..... my husband also bought a German Shepherd for him, Duchess. So you can imagine, all these puppies added to my daily list of tasks, work/baking, different school and college schedules for my daughters, etc. etc. These pets are in addition to the ones we already have: one rotweiler, four chiguaguas, a cat, three turtles, a parrot and the chick pochungo, now almost a rooster. With all this, I am lucky if I get a few minutes to blog :)

Our new pets:

Let me get back on track .... here is the recipe, Enjoy!

My first coconut dessert with young coconut meat.

Second time I prepared it, with mature coconut meat. The result is a more grainy texture, but with the same great taste.

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Young Coconut Dessert, DULCE de COCO TIERNO
A Dominican homemade dessert made with a tender coconut meat, milk and sweet condensed milk. I know you'll like this creamy dessert.
  • 3 cups young coconut meat cut into strips
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 can sweeten condensed milk (405 g)
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cinnamon stick
1. Wash and chop the tender coconut meat into small pieces with the help of a knife. If you are using a mature coconut meat, see notes below. 2. Mix all ingredients except the sweetened condensed milk. Bring to high heat until boiling point for 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low and add the sweetened condensed milk.  3. Let simmer uncovered for 20-30 minutes or until thickened. At all times you must move with a wooden spoon approximately every two minutes to prevent it sticking bottom of the pot. Cool and serve. 

a) If you are using dried coconut or mature coconut meat, you can use a grater or a food processor to chop into very fine and small pieces. You should also allow more time boiling milk (15-30minutes) before putting sweeten condensed milk. This is time will allow it to get more tender before sweetening.

b) You can substitute the evaporated milk with whole milk. Then you would use 3 ½ cups (830 g) whole milk in total.

Total time: Yield: Four 1/2 cup servings

En español: AQUÍ

How can a young person keep his life pure? By living in keeping with your word. - Psalm 119:9

19 Friends Have Comment:

  1. Mari,
    This dessert looks delicious and one I would love to try at home. Now, to find some young hot blooded cocout!! LOL..btw, love Suki!!

  2. Hi Jackie, Suki is my favorite! She is so playful :) The dessert is delicious, I could eat it non-stop.


  3. I dream of having a farm someday. How lovely that would be. It has to have lots of coconut trees because I just love coconuts especially the young ones (we call it buco). I just love this dessert of yours. It is very similar to our young coconut pie filling.

  4. I've only bought a coconut once,.... well my dad bought one when I was little. I'll need to start buying some!

  5. Adora -It nice to know it is also called buco. As a pie filling it will be great!

    Angela - You should they are great, the coconut water is good for your health, and there is so many things to do with coconut.

    Thanks for stopping by :)


  6. Wow, Mari! Your coconut tree, your adorable pets...such beautiful dogs!
    I envy you with your "slice" of paradise...ha, ha:DDD
    Guess we're both blessed with a "piece" of the island in a different part of a country.

    Your coconut dessert with the fresh coconut meat, cannot compare to any store bought or something that comes in a that makes me so happy, and sad at the same time, marveling and drooling over your amazing dessert!

  7. this is just like coconut pudding!! how delicious! and you have the cutest names for your mascotas!

  8. That looks like a very rich and tasty dessert!

    How do the huskies manage in the warm weather - lots of haircuts?

  9. Dan - For the huskies lots of water, air conditioning and a little pool for noon hours :)

  10. I love coconut! Great dessert!

  11. A delicious looking dessert! Heavenly.

    Your pets are so cute.



  12. I would love to try young coconut one day, this looks sublime.

  13. You're so lucky to have your own coconut trees. I don't think I've ever seen such a fresh coconut. The dessert looks wonderful.

  14. I love this post, Mari. Your farm must be amazing with all of those wonderful trees. Your puppies are gorgeous. I am in love with Duquesa;) Delicious dessert. besos!xxoo

  15. i had this in DR and its so delicious i found this page and went crazy making this at love it!! :)

    1. Em, thanks for letting me know. We love it too at home. Welcome to Mari's Cakes :)

  16. My favorite!! Yo daba cualquier cosa por que me lo trajeran de Bani jejeje que rico se ve, la voy a tratar. Gracias por la receta!!

    1. I'm sure you'll make it perfect. Enjoy :)


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