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.

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 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

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