Easy-to-Make Natilla to Kick Off the Holidays

By Liliana Moyano for Shine Latina

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In Colombia, we celebrate the holidays with a variety of festivities that officially begin on December 8th, or Día de las velitas (Day of the candles). Family and friends gather around to light candles as a sign of peace and harmony, but of course the celebration doesn't stop there. There will be celebrations, music and food. Lots of food. And more specifically- desserts.

My family's choice dessert is natilla, a thick custard similar to flan or crème brûlée. I always thought it was a complicated dish to make, so I limited myself to eating instead of cooking it. A few weeks ago I found a natilla quick mix at the Latin supermarket, and gave it a try. It tasted just like the one we have back home, topped with a semi-sweet blackberry sauce just like abuela made. Now, I am ready for the holidays with a simple recipe that will bring great memories to the entire family.

Try this recipe with my leftover turkey croquettes

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(4 servings)
2 cups milk
1 pack Goya Natilla Mix
6 oz. fresh blackberries
1 tsp. sugar


Warm up the milk in a pot at medium heat. Gradually whisk in the natilla mix. Bring the milk to a boil, and remove from the heat. Pour the contents into a medium container or four individual glasses; cool in the refrigerator overnight. Once the natilla gains a firm texture, invert the container so that the custard is placed upside down on your final serving dish. Top with the blackberry sauce.

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Blackberry sauce

Clean the blackberries well, and cut them in half. Cook the berries in a small pot at low heat, adding sugar while stirring gently. Let them cook for seven minutes or until they create a syrup, and remove from heat. Set aside until ready to use.

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