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Tembleque - coconut pudding.jpg
Place of originPuerto Rico
Region or statePuerto Rico
Main ingredientsCoconut milk, milk, cornstarch, sugar, and cinnamon

Tembleque is a coconut dessert pudding from Puerto Rico.[1] It is one of the most popular desserts in Puerto Rican cuisine.[2]

Ingredients[edit | edit source]

Tembleque is made by cooking coconut milk, milk (optional), salt, cornstarch, cinnamon, and sugar. Recipes may include spices such as cloves, vanilla, and nutmeg or extra flavoring such as rum, orange blossom water and cream of coconut, or may be garnished with mint, almonds, fruit, flavored syrup or chocolate shavings.[3][4][5]

Cultural importance[edit | edit source]

It is a holiday dish, served on New Year's Day throughout the island of Puerto Rico.[6] While the recipe may have originated in Puerto Rico,[7] there are variants on the dish in Latin America and other countries. In Brazil, the dish is known as manjar branco. According to the Encyclopedia of Puerto Rico, published by the Foundation for the Humanities, each time a Puerto Rican migrant to the United States comes closer and closer to forgetting their roots, foods like tembleque bring them back and remind them who they are, reminds them of their island and of their grandmother.[8]

Tembleque[edit | edit source]

In Spanish, the word tembleque is an adjective used to describe something that shakes or a noun, to describe the shakes themselves. The dessert, due to its Jell-O-like, gel texture trembles, shivers, shakes,[9] and that is what the finished dessert does, when prepared correctly.[10]

In popular culture[edit | edit source]

  • Tembleque, a reggaeton song by Jon Erik, describing the movement of tembleque, the dessert, and tembleque, the dance move[11]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Puerto Rican Coconut Pudding". Taste of Home. Retrieved 2019-07-17.
  2. EPRL, Publicado por Grupo Editorial (May 8, 2016). "Cultura popular - Cultura Popular". EnciclopediaPR (in español). Retrieved July 20, 2019.
  3. "Tembleque (Coconut Pudding)". The Noshery. 2018-12-14. Retrieved 2019-07-17.
  4. "Tembleque - Coconut Pudding". www.goya.com. Retrieved 2019-07-17.
  5. "Tembleque (Puerto Rican Coconut Pudding)". Delish D'Lites. 2018-01-04. Retrieved 2019-07-17.
  6. "Salsa stories : Delacre, Lulu". Internet Archive. October 23, 2016. Retrieved July 20, 2019.
  7. "CCNY Recipe Book 2017". Internet Archive. October 23, 2016. Retrieved July 20, 2019.
  8. Ramis, Publicado por García (July 9, 2016). "Estampas del comer boricua - Proyectos FPH". EnciclopediaPR (in español). Retrieved July 20, 2019.
  9. "tembleque". Diccionario Inglés-Español WordReference.com. Retrieved July 20, 2019.
  10. "Daisy Cooks! : Latin Flavors That Will Rock Your World. (eBook, 2013) [WorldCat.org]". WorldCat.org. February 22, 1999. Retrieved July 20, 2019.
  11. "TEMBLEQUE Reggaeton song by Jon Erik". Internet Archive. October 23, 2016. Retrieved July 20, 2019.

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