During the fall season, besides looking forward to celebrating holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving, one family tradition that I enjoy the most is learning how to make my grandma's recipes.
I love helping to prepare food like pumpkin pie and cranberry muffins. But, my favorite dish to make is corn pudding, also referred to as Masa Mora, which we normally make each year during the beginning of October.
-6 ears of fresh corn
-1 can of coconut milk
-1 can of condensed milk
-1 teaspoon of vanilla
-1 cup brown sugar
-2 tsp salt
-1 whole egg
-1 cup water
-4 tbsp corn starch
-1 tbsp cinnamon/pumpkin pie seasoning
-a cheese cloth
- To make the corn pudding, she grates corn.
- After the corn is grated, my grandmother sifts the corn using a cheese cloth in order to get the cream out of the mixture.
- Then she mixes it with coconut milk (either sweetened or unsweetened) and condensed milk before adding vanilla, brown sugar, salt, a beaten egg, water, and corn starch.
- Then, she adds a tablespoon of cinnamon or pumpkin pie seasoning for some extra flavor.
- When all of the ingredients are put into a large metal pot (used for casseroles), it is then cooked on medium heat.
- My grandma constantly has to stir to until it begins to thicken. The corn pudding must be cooked on low heat uncovered for a half to 45 minutes.
- The corn pudding is not baked and there is no crust, so it can be cut into pieces or left whole.
- However, it still needs to be refrigerated for a good two hours before eaten.
- Once it is cold enough, the corn pudding can be served either plain or topped with some more cinnamon or whipped cream.
This is one of the best desserts to have after dinner (especially after the fall harvest) anytime of the week. My grandmother loves to make it each year, and I'm glad that she teaches me some of her other recipes as well.
I like corn pudding because of the nutritional benefits.
It is a healthy whole grain with enough carbs, and contains plenty of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Since I am exercising more and eating healthier foods, this is an alternative choice for dessert second to pumpkin pie. These deserts are tasty, satisfying, and low in fat.
By helping to prepare these recipes, I am improving my communication, organization, and cooking skills.
If you are having a small party with your family, I recommended that you include corn pudding with your choices of desserts. During special occasions like birthdays or Hispanic Heritage Month, your guests will definitely appreciate if you served this dish.
Even though I cannot go out with my family for dinner due to COVID-19, I am grateful for what I do have. Being able to help make and enjoy meals at home is a blessing.
I would like to learn more recipes, and make not only those, but other unique and amazing meals for dinner and dessert. My skills will only improve if I continue to read about how to make different meals for the fall season.
The food is one of the reasons why Fall is my favorite season.
As the fall season goes on, I will continue to keep myself busy while finding time to decorate the outside of my house for Halloween.
On the weekends, I love watching cooking videos and in the future may even write a cookbook to keep all recipes in one place.
Whether it is corn pudding or some other dessert, the best time to enjoy them is during the fall season. I hope that you are sharing tasty recipes with your family and keeping track of them because memories like these are worth keeping.