Jorge Castillo: When was the last time you had some comfort food? You know, those special home-cooked specialties that bring back memories of your childhood?
Glenn Lindgren: At my house, that would have been Kraft Macaroni and Cheese and fried hot dogs.
Raúl Musibay: Not exactly comfort food!
Jorge Castillo: When I was growing up in Bauta, every Cuban family enjoyed this delicious treat.
Raúl Musibay: It's a Cuban version of pudding. It's not fancy, it's not hard to make, but one bite brings back some wonderful memories of Cuba.
The simple, homespun pudding that brings you back to your mom's kitchen in Havana.
INGREDIENTS:1 quart milk
Beat egg yolks with an electric mixer until they are fluffy. Continue beating and gradually add sugar until it is completely mixed. Gradually add milk to mixture until you have a smooth consistency. Place the mixture in a double boiler (high heat) and begin to cook, stirring occasionally until it's bubbling hot. about 15 minutes.
Mix corn starch with water and add to mixture -- stirring constantly -- until it thickens. The mixture should be very thick. Add more cornstarch mixed with water as needed to achieve the right consistency.
Add vanilla and stir. Pour into individual serving bowls. Chill completely in refrigerator. Sprinkle nutmeg or cinnamon on the top just before serving.
Variation: stir in cinnamon and grated coconut after the mixture thickens. Cook for an additional five minutes, stirring constantly.
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