Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Coconut Pudding

In my family, the holidays have always been about festivities, family and really great food. It’s also a time for sharing and in that spirit, I wanted to share my favorite cookbooks of 2014 with you from some of my food friends. Given the holiday season, they’ve decided to generously give away a copy of their cookbooks (or app) along with a recipe (see below)!

Now, I’d like to introduce my first guest and her new e-cookbook!

WHO: Alejandra Ramos, Always Order Dessert.
BOOK: The Puerto Rican Christmas Table: 40+ Classic Holiday Recipes Restyled for Modern Kitchens
RECIPE: Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Tembleque (Coconut Pudding)

To enter for your chance to win, just share a favorite holiday memory in the comments below.*

The Puerto Rican Christmas Table eCookbook

*The winner will be selected at random on Monday, January 5, 2014 and books will be mailed out to each winner shortly thereafter. Please note: This giveaway is available to U.S. residents only.

Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free Tembleque (Coconut Pudding)

Yield: 8


4 cups canned coconut milk (full-fat, please!)

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

2/3 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup cornstarch

Ground cinnamon, for garnish


  1. Grease 8 4-oounce molds or 1 large 4-cup mold (ramekins, baking pans, custard cups, etc.) with a small spritz of baking spray or coconut oil. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the coconut milk, salt, and sugar, stirring until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Remove 1 cup of the warm coconut milk to a separate bowl, and whisk together with the cornstarch to create a smooth slurry. Slowly whisk it back into the pot. Let cook, whisking constantly, for about 5 minutes or until thickened and pudding-like. Remove from heat, divide into prepared molds, and let cool on the counter for 20 minutes before loosely covering with plastic wrap and transferring to the refrigerator. Chill at least 4 hours until set. To serve, run a thin wet knife along the edges and carefully invert onto a plate. Garnish with ground cinnamon, if desire.


Recipe excerpted from The Puerto Rican Christmas Table eCookbook by Alejandra Ramos.


  1. This Thanksgiving, we decided that everyone at dinner would write down what they are grateful for and share it with the group. It was lovely and now we have a great new holiday tradition!

  2. I remember as a child before the holidays my family would gather around and make pasteles by the hundreds. Everyone played a role, and mine was cutting the strings. I can’t wait to pass this down when I have kids of my own.

  3. Last Christmas, we shared the news of our new baby, by dressing our little one in a “I am the big brother” outfit! Such a great time!

  4. When I was growing up, we had an illusive present. It was either a snake in a peanut can, or a mouse in a perfume box. It got passed on to unsuspecting family members, every year. Sometimes it showed up in it’s proper container, but there was never any guarantee that that would be the case. Sometimes the snake got buried under candy in a peanut butter jar. Sometimes it got put into a box of its own, and when the box was opened out it would pop. As I was going through some pictures the other day that my dad had saved me, I came across a picture of my younger self at probably the age of 14, holding a can of peanuts with an incredulous look on my face that said, “Do you think I was born yesterday?” It’s a tradition that has long been gone since the majority of our family has been long gone, but I think it may be time to renew the tradition. Muahaha!

  5. My favorite holiday momment is traveling to my unclés house made out of wood and gather with the family around a Christmas tree to join singing a parranda bring by the neighbours, all the little kids running around the house and playing and the best of all gather to eat nice ann delicious puertorrican food like pernil, pasteles, gandinga with green bananas, arroz con gandules, guineos en escabeche……mmmmmm and finally a nice tembleque and coquito beverage to close the activity!!!!

  6. We shared many memories and sang with Mr Curly Temple ( Shirley’s Cousin ) on Thanksgiving day .

  7. My older sister and younger brother always put on a little performance of “The Night Before Christmas” for my parents. When my children were little we made Jesus a birthday cake–angel food of course.

  8. My favorite holiday memories involve the wonder my 3yo has for everything right now – the lights, the ornaments, Santa – it’s fun seeing the holidays through her eyes.
    This cookbook looks great, thanks!

  9. This year we are reflecting on Advent. Reading and gathering with our children. That moment, hopefully will stay in the quiet places of my children’s hearts.

  10. My mother is from Germany and when my sister and I were little girls, her middle sister, our “Tante Henny,” came to visit several times for Christmas. Spending time with her was always fun. She made the most AMAZING Christmas cookies, whether she was with us or she shipped them to us from Germany. Wonderful memories, it was like having an extra “Mommy” when she was here. She passed away several years ago now, and we miss those wonderful childhood days with her and our parents. Sigh…

  11. When I was young our mother made a set of blue plaid flannel stockings for the first 5 of us to hang above the fireplace. By the time the youngest (#9) came along there was only enough of the fabric remaining to make the front of her stocking blue plaid! Those bulging stockings on Christmas morning are a happy memory!

  12. elaborate cookie making sessions and christmas tree hunts top the list!

  13. Every year when my boys were young I would let them each pick one new ornament to put on the tree. Each year they couldn’t wait to get the ornaments out to look at their picks from prior years.

  14. I just plain miss my mom. She loved Christmas and loved me. It’s never been he same without her. I was 24 when she died. Christmas traditions were important to her. My favorite was how she allowed us to open one present Christmas Eve. It was always a new nightgown.

  15. When I was a child our Christmas tree never went up till Christmas Eve. My dad was in charge of it and it was his families German tradition. All the Christmas parties and activities (except for at school) took place the week between Christmas and New Year’s Eve. I really miss that wonderful week!

  16. Just the ability to be together with my family…everything is better together.

  17. I love the smell of latkes cooking and it always brings fond memeories of family gatherings. I continue the tradition with my family and always make homemade applesauce to top the latkes. Delicious!!!

  18. Christmas Eve with my sister sitting in front of the Christmas tree playing I Spy!!! Oh! The the coordinating flannel nightgowns my Mom made for us all!!! Christmas Blessings everyone!!!

  19. my favorite memories are the marathon cookie baking duringg the christmas holidays