Blan Manje

This coconut custard dessert, is a tropical version of an old French recipe. The dessert is popular throughout Latin American, but has remained especially popular in Haiti. 


1/2 cup whole milk

1/2 cup evaporated milk

3/4 cup canned coconut milk

3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk

a splash of vanilla extract

1 packet gelatin powder

1/2 cup fresh grated coconut


  1. Mix the milk and evaporated milk and bring to a boil. Mix the canned coconut milk and the sweetened condensed milk and add to the hot mixture away from the heat. Add the vanilla.
  2. Dissolve the packet of gelatin in a few ounces of hot water. Stir until completely liquid. Add a spoonful of the warm milk mixture, stir, and then blend the entire gelatin mixture into the heated milk mixture. Pour into individual dessert cups. Toast the grated coconut under a broiler until slightly brown and sprinkle on top. Refrigerate overnight.

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