February 19, 2017

Easy Recipe: Gloria Estefan’s “Natilla”

As I was reading one of the latest issues of Latina Magazine, it included recipes from Hispanic celebrities for the holidays or family get-togethers. One of featured recipes was Gloria Estefan’s recipe for Natilla (nah-tee-yah), a Cuban traditional custard or pudding that is served during the holidays.  My Cuban father has known the Estefan(s) since their early Miami days (like many others) so I was happy to see a recipe that combined my Cuban ancestry and my sweet tooth!

Gloria Estefan’s Natilla
Makes 8 Servings
Excerpt Latina Magazine
8 Egg Yolks
1 Cup Granulated Sugar
4 Tbsp. Cornstarch
3 Cups Whole Milk
1 Cup Evaporated Milk
1 Piece Lemon Rind
1 Cinnamon Stick
1/4 Tsp. Salt
1 1/2 Tsp. Vanilla
Cinnamon Powder, To Taste
1. In a large mixing bowl, mix egg yolks, sugar, and cornstarch until completely smooth, then set aside.
2. In a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, place whole & evaporated milks, lemon rind, cinnamon stick, and salt to a boil. Watch closely and stir occasionally to avoid scorching milk.
3. As soon as the milk boils, remove from heat and let cool about 5 minutes. Remove lemon rind and cinnamon stick.
4. Gradually pour heated milk into egg mixture, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon (or using a paddle attachment of stand mixer set on low).
5. Return custard mix to same saucepan used to heat milk, set over medium heat, and bring to boil. Stir constantly.  Reduce heat to low, then cook 2 to 3 minutes, or until pudding thickens to desired consistency.  Add vanilla, stir, and remove from heat. 
6. Using ladle, fill 8 custard cups. Let natilla cool at room temperature, approximately 45 minutes, then refrigerate until completely chilled, at least 3 hours. Serve with dusting of cinnamon powder.

This recipe is included in a weekly virtual recipe exchange called #SabrosoSaturday hosted by Latina On a Mission so be sure to check out the other “Yummy” featured recipes.

Happy Cooking!
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Joscelyn, Owner of Mami of Multiples & Mami Innovative Media

Joscelyn Ramos Campbell has more than a decade of experience as an award-winning former federal government public relations executive under the Bush and Obama administrations. The “super-connected power mom“ was recently named by Latina Magazine as one of “The 10 Best Latina Mommy Bloggers on the Web“; by CBS News as one of the “Top Bloggers in the Business“; by NBC Latino Work-Life Balance series as a “Top Latina Mom Blogger“; an Empowering Latina in the Marketing Field; by CNBC.com as a Top Latino Social Media Stars and Leading Hispanic Bloggers. She is the owner of Mami Innovative Media and founder of Mami of Multiples, one of the nation’s leading Latina American parenting and lifestyle sites offering resources and helpful tips for families. She is a nationally syndicated Parenting Columnist and co-hosts a Talk Radio Show. Joscelyn is a public speaker, military wife and mother to a teen son and identical twin boys. Connect with Joscelyn at @JoscelynRC & @InnovativeTalk.

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  1. I love Natilla & Gloria. Both remind me of growing up Cubana in Miami. I so making this one for Thanksgiving.

  2. Oh my goodness – that looks divine! Thanks for sharing.

  3. That does look good. What is funny is that in Costa Rica, natilla is sour cream. So I was thinking Jocelyn made sour cream! LOL But this looks yummier!

  4. Oh wow, that looks so yummy. I never had that kind of pudding but maybe I will now.


  5. Que rico!! Have to try it!! And I love Gloria too, Saludos!

  6. I haven’t had Natilla before. This looks really good! I love all kinds of pudding.

  7. Just like Carolyn G, I’m Costa Rican, and I thought it referred to sour cream. This does look tasty! Going to try it!

  8. What a treat! My kiddo would love this! I’d probably eat the nuts off the cups tho. LOL

  9. Natilla always seemed like a different version of flan, until I see this and it’s more like pudding. Thanks for sharing! I’ve been admiring Gloria Estefan’s work since “Doc Doc Doc Doc Doctor Beat” so it’s a pleasant surprise to see this other side of her as mom

  10. Mamma Mia! that looks pretty good and easy. The natilla is a very Cuban dessert. Brings me a bunch of memories back!