Manjar {Brazilian Coconut Custard}

posted on: Wednesday, June 30, 2010

One of those easy desserts, you know
unlike cherry pie.

Manjar is a Brazilian coconut custard/pudding. Think flan, now add coconut taste to flan. That is a manjar. Except that it's way easier to make than flan because you don't need to bake it. It's goes from stove top to fridge to mouth in less than an hour.


  • 3 cups milk
  • 4 tablespoons corn starch
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 can coconut milk (not to be confused with coconut water)
  • 1 cup coconut flakes, unsweetened.
  • prunes.
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  1. Add all the milk and corn starch to a medium sized pan. 
  2. Dissolve the corn starch completely in the milk. This is really the most important step. You want to mix until the corn starch is totally dissolved otherwise you're going to get nasty corn starch lumps.
  3. Add the sweetened condensed milk and the coconut milk and mix until everything is well incorporated and dissolved. 
  4. Turn the stove top on to medium heat and start stirring. You will probably stir for a good 20 minutes until the mixture starts to thicken. 
  5. Mix until the mixture starts pulling away from the bottom of the pan.
  6. Remove from heat and mix in the coconut flakes.
  7. Put in your favorite serving dish and let cool completely. If the dish is shallow it will cool faster. However, if you put it in the fridge it really should settle and be ready to serve within 1/2 an hour.
  8. While the manjar is cooling make your prune sauce. Add the prunes, water, and sugar to a small pan and bring to a boil. Let simmer for 5 minutes and remove from heat. Let cool completely. Serve on top of the manjar.

The reason why I am posting this recipe is because I had every intention of making cherry pie for the 4th of July but Christian told me that it would take me at least 3 hours to pit the cherries. Is he right? I mean, I've never made cherry pie before but 3 hours seems insane. Is it just me or do Brazilian recipes seem so much easier to make than American recipes?

What's your favorite easy American recipe? I need some ideas for this weekend.


  1. Why haven't I gad this yet? Looks soooooooo yummy!
    I'm looking for a pizza dough recipe here, crossing fingers you have one.

  2. you almost lost me at prunes...but because i just happen to have all those ingredients in my pantry, i'm gonna try it. does this kinda taste like haupia?

  3. at the organic farmers market in chicago i could get flash frozen cherries that had already been pitted - i bet you can get that in cali. also, you can buy cherry pitters and they presumably speed up the process, but i've never tried one.

  4. I'm remembering a certain cookie recipe that was very complicated and long...
    I think cherry pie is a French concoction, actually. If you want American, it will be no bake cheesecake. Yuck.

  5. Hi! I am a new follower to your blog! Just stumbled across it today while looking on my friend kirstin's blog. I am loving all your recipes. I printed a bunch out that I am going to try. My husband is going to love it! He lived in Brasil for 2 years and is always wanting me to make Brasilian food for him. I have 1 friend from Brasil and we have made a few things together but I still need to make more. :) So we will see how these recipes turn out. thanks so much for all the good ideas! Oh and we will take you up on the offer for staying at your place in Brasil for the 2014 world cup!! That is all my husband has been talking about...if we could buy the tickets now we would. haha!

  6. Elizajane- what a pretty name you have. My next daughter will be Eliza, promise. Thanks for the nice comments. I hope the recipes work out for you. If you have any questions just let me know.

  7. Chase- I should check out my farmer's market, what a great idea. I really hope they have some cherries there.

  8. Oh my gosh, I am so so so excited about this recipe! I am totally going to attempt to make it. Your website is beautiful! Thank you for saying hello. I can't wait to look at more...


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