Here's How You Can Make Maja Blanca Without Coconut Milk
Gata isn't essential to make a creamy maja blanca recipe.
Do you love eating corn recipes that are creamy, especially if it's in dessert form? If you do, then you might be a fan of the creamy corn dessert called maja blanca.
This popular Filipino dessert is usually made with coconut milk or cream, sweet kernel corn, sugar, and cornstarch. It may or may not have two kinds of corn in it: the kernels of corn and the creamed corn version. Using the creamed corn in addition to the corn kernels boosts not only the corn flavor of the dessert but gives it an extra dose of creaminess. If you love corn, this extra ingredient is what will make it super delicious!
For those who love maja blanca but find it's hard to source coconut milk or coconut cream in the supermarkets, you can make it without using gata. Making it without coconut milk means you have the option to use other kinds of milk to make a creamy maja blanca recipe. So you don't have to go without your fix when the craving hits, here are other kinds of milk you can use for your maja blanca recipe:
1 Evaporated milk
This reduced milk is a Pinoy kitchen staple for good reason. Evaporated milk is a great substitute if you want a creamy maja blanca recipe without coconut milk! This super creamy milk is made by simmering fresh milk over a gentle heat to let excess water evaporate, which is how you get slightly thickened and darker-colored milk. Evaporated milk is also one of the ingredients that make leche flan so lusciously creamy so if you want to mimic that texture, this is one ingredient to try.
Use the same amount as stated in the recipe for coconut milk.
2 Sweetened condensed milk
Sometimes, evaporated milk is also called "condensed milk"; technically, the process to make them is the same. However, the big difference is that evaporated milk is basically just milk reduced until thickened. Sweetened condensed milk however includes sugar and this changes not only its taste but also the consistency of the ingredient. That is why when shopping for this variant of canned milk, it's important to check that the can says "sweetened condensed milk."
Some may not realize until too late just how sweet this canned milk really is, and different brands may have different sweetness levels, so it's a great idea to do a taste test before adding it to anything. It's a fantastic ingredient that delivers both the creaminess of milk and the sweetness of sugar, so if you use sweetened condensed milk for your maja blanca recipe without coconut milk, hold the sugar... You may even find that you don't need it at all!
Omit the sugar in your maja blanca recipe when you use this milk substitute.
3 Fresh milk and all-purpose cream
Want a simple maja blanca recipe without coconut milk? Fresh milk from bottles straight from the farm is perfect for maja blanca. Even milk from the tetra packs you find on supermarket shelves would work fine in your recipe. However, because fresh milk has more water content than the rest of the substitutes on this list, you may find it's not as thick or creamy as when using coconut milk.
To create a creamier texture for your maja blanca, you can use fresh milk and all-purpose cream together. (This is also known internationally as half-and-half.) Simply substitute half the amount of coconut milk with fresh milk and the other half with all-purpose cream to make it thicker and creamier and more similar to gata.
4 Powdered milk
You have to love the versatility of powdered milk! All you have to do is dissolve this dried milk in water, and you instantly have milk ready to be used in whatever recipe you have in mind to make. This is exactly the case if you want to use a maja blanca recipe without coconut milk. Plus, you can make it as creamy and thickened as you need it to be, too.
As a basic recipe, try using this ratio of powdered milk to water to create delicious milk: mix together 3 tablespoons of powdered milk to 1 cup water.
5 Nut milk
Are you a fan of all things plant-based? If coconut milk isn't available, there is always nut milk. You can find common varieties such as almond milk at your local grocery store, but if you prefer nut milk that's not readily available, you can also make it yourself!
To make nut milk, soak the nuts (almonds and cashews are relatively easy to source) until they are softened; you can do this overnight. Rinse and drain, and then blend them together with some water! You can then strain them using a fine mesh strainer or better yet, a cheesecloth. Now you've got a non-dairy milk substitute. This is especially useful if you can't find coconut milk in stores and your stash of nut milk is available to use. While nut milk don't taste that neutral, you'll enjoy the new nutty twist you've added to your maja blanca.
Just use the same amount of nut milk as you would coconut milk for this easy swap.