This is a very Brazilian recipe, which is usually served at a winter festival that happens in June. It is slightly cooler than usual (thank God), so we serve different kinds of soup, stews and a delicious version of mulled wine (with loads of cachaça and spices).
June is gone, I know, but since it’s still a little chilly, then why not? This is my favorite time of the year, since it combines the cold, this amazing festival and my birthday (I turned 30, folks!). All the good stuff! The food and drink served in “Festa Junina” (literally June Festival) is just awesome. And this one is for me, the queen of the party! It is basically a sweet white corn porridge. The recipe is pretty simple. The thing is finding the corn ;-) —Ana Sonali Queiroz
canjica (white corn)
1 1/2 liters
sweet condensed milk
toasted and ground peanuts
Sugar to taste
In This Recipe
Leave the corn immersed in water for about 4 hours, until it absorbs most of it. Cook it in a pressure cooker with water (or milk) for about 40 minutes. Drain the water. The kernels will be tender, but not too soft.
In a large pot, add the canjica with the milk, cream and condensed milk. Let the mixture boil for a few minutes and cook in low heat until it starts to thicken. Check the seasoning. Add cinnamon and toasted peanuts. And that’s it! Serve warm with more peanuts on the side, for the peanut junkies (like myself).