Brazilian Coconut Pudding Ring (Manjar Branco)

This beautiful dessert is typically prepared in a ring pan or decorative mold. The unmolded pudding is garnished with shaved coconut or with dried fruit in syrup, usually prunes.

Serves: 8Hands-on: 25 minutesTotal: 4 hours 25 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 8


  • 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 6 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 2 cups whole milk, divided
  • 1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 can (13.5 oz.) coconut milk
  • 1⁄4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. coconut flavoring
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1⁄2 cup water
  • 1 cup shaved coconut


  • Carefully brush the inside of a ring mold or gelatin mold with the vegetable oil.
  • Place the cornstarch in a small bowl and whisk 1⁄3 cup of the milk into the cornstarch until smooth. Set aside.
  • Add the remaining milk, the condensed milk, the coconut milk, the salt, and the coconut flavoring to a saucepan. Whisk in the cornstarch mixture. Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, and cook until mixture thickens, about 15 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and pour mixture into mold. Chill in refrigerator for at least 4 hours.
  • Place the sugar and water in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and cook until sugar is dissolved. Add the coconut and simmer over low heat until softened, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.
  • To unmold pudding, loosen the edges with a knife, then place a plate on top of the mold and invert mold and plate together, flipping the mold onto the plate. Decorate with shaved coconut before serving.