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    Chamorro Latiya Dessert

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    1 hr

    30 mins

    30 mins

    ChamoritaMomma's Note:

    This is a dessert that is served often during island gatherings or fiestas. It's a traditional dessert and no chamorro table is complete without it. There are different variations, but any way it's made, it is DELICIOUS!!

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    1. 1
      Prepare the cake portion by slicing the cake into 1/4-inch thick by about 3-inch long slices. This is just approximate -- Layer the slices onto a platter, overlapping each piece just a bit. Make sure that the platter has a little lip to contain the custard and keeping it from spilling over. Completely cover the platter with the sliced cake. Cover and set aside.
    2. 2
      Make the custard by combining in a sauce pan, 1 1/3 cups water, bring this almost to a boil. Add the evaporated milk and the sugar. Mix the remaining water with the cornstarch and vanilla. Gradually add this to the milk mixture, making sure to stir constantly so not to scorch the custard.
    3. 3
      Once thickened, remove from heat and add the butter; whisk in the beaten eggs a little bit at a time, making sure to stir constantly and combine well. Pour the hot custard over the prepared cake and spread over to completely cover the cake slices.
    4. 4
      Sprinkle the cinnamon over the entire custard and let set. The amount depends on how much you like cinnamon. You could place this in the refrigerator or keep at room temperature, and once cooled completely, it's ready to serve.
    5. 5
      I hope you enjoy this dessert as much as the islanders do -- .
    6. 6
      Variation: This dessert can also be prepared using pound cake or the recipe for Brojas cake, that I also have posted.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on October 18, 2012


      This is an amazing desert!! I have made this many times since I found this recipe, with different types of yellow cake such as madeira cake, vanilla sponge etc. I love the addition of cinnamon on top as well :) I do however cook it for a few more minutes once I add the eggs on very low heat. Thank you so much for the recipe! :)

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    • on August 15, 2009


      This is a great recipe, but I never put eggs in my custard.. You can also cheat and make it with Jello Vanilla pudding a great and easy substitute..

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    Nutritional Facts for Chamorro Latiya Dessert

    Serving Size: 1 (80 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 12

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 92.0
    Calories from Fat 32
    Total Fat 3.5 g
    Saturated Fat 1.9 g
    Cholesterol 40.9 mg
    Sodium 48.8 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 11.7 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.0 g
    Sugars 6.4 g
    Protein 2.9 g

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