Three Guys From Miami: Cuban and Spanish Food Recipes

Jorge Castillo: When was the last time you had some comfort food? You know, those special home-cooked specialties that bring back memories of your childhood?

Glenn Lindgren: At my house, that would have been Kraft Macaroni and Cheese and fried hot dogs.

Raúl Musibay: Not exactly comfort food!

Jorge Castillo: When I was growing up in Bauta, every Cuban family enjoyed this delicious treat.

Raúl Musibay: It's a Cuban version of pudding. It's not fancy, it's not hard to make, but one bite brings back some wonderful memories of Cuba.


Natilla -- Cuban Pudding

By Three Guys From Miami



Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes
Yield: 6-8 servings

The simple, homespun pudding that brings you back to your mom's kitchen in Havana.

INGREDIENTS:

1 quart milk
1 piece lemon rind
1 cinnamon stick
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 egg yolks
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1/4 cup water
1/3 cup corn starch
Nutmeg and/or cinnamon to taste
Add salt, lemon rind and cinnamon stick to milk. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for about ten minutes, stirring occasionally. Let cool. Remove cinnamon and lemon peel.

Beat egg yolks with an electric mixer until they are fluffy. Continue beating and gradually add sugar until it is completely mixed. Gradually add milk to mixture until you have a smooth consistency. Place the mixture in a double boiler (high heat) and begin to cook, stirring occasionally until it's bubbling hot. about 15 minutes.

Mix corn starch with water and add to mixture -- stirring constantly -- until it thickens. The mixture should be very thick. Add more cornstarch mixed with water as needed to achieve the right consistency.

Add vanilla and stir. Pour into individual serving bowls. Chill completely in refrigerator. Sprinkle nutmeg or cinnamon on the top just before serving.

Variation: stir in cinnamon and grated coconut after the mixture thickens. Cook for an additional five minutes, stirring constantly.

This recipe and editorial content from: "Three Guys From Miami Cook Cuban" Copyright ©2004 All Rights Reserved.

No copying or commercial duplication of any content (including photos) without the express written permission of the authors and proper attribution.

Jorge Castillo: Here is another version of this great Cuban pudding.

Raúl Musibay: This one is a lot like the one I remember from Cuba.

Jorge Castillo:Yes, it does bring back some great memories!

Combine the first five ingredients in a medium pot. Stir on low heat until mixture thickens to a pudding-like consistency. Remove from heat, add vanilla and butter and beat with a mixer until smooth. Refrigerate until cool. Optional -- sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top before serving.
INGREDIENTS:

How to Make the Best Natilla Version 2

1 can condensed milk
1 can evaporated milk
1 can of water (use the evaporated milk can)
3 egg yolks
3 heaping tablespoons of cornstarch (combine this with the water until smooth)
2 tablespoons of sugar

Add last:

2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
2 tablespoons of butter -- softened to room temperature

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