Natilla Colombiana

Yields: 12 Servings Difficulty: Easy Prep Time: 10 Mins Cook Time: 1 Hr 25 Mins Total Time: 1 Hr 35 Mins

This rich, sweet custard dessert may seem easy to make but it still involves a few chemical reactions to make it possible. See Simple Science Behind Natilla Colombiana for an in-depth explanation!

This recipe can be made in a variety of different ways. Some choose to add coconut, nuts, or raisins. Maybe you have a vegan diet and want to switch the milk to a plant-based alternative. As long as you know the science behind the dish, you can switch the ingredients out as you please to fit your lifestyle.

For some quick tips when using cornstarch, click here.

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0/8 Ingredients
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    Wet Ingredients
  • Dry Ingredients


0/8 Instructions
  • Gather required and desired ingredients and measure them out.
  • Divide the milk into 3 1/2 cups and 1 cup.
  • Cooking
  • To a pot, add 3 1/2 cups of milk along with the white sugar, brown sugar, cloves, and cinnamon sticks. Stir and bring to a boil over medium-low heat.
  • As soon as the milk comes to a boil, remove the pot from the heat and let it rest for 5 minutes. While that rests, mix the cornstarch with the remaining cup of milk until it is completely dissolved.
  • Once the 5 minutes are over, put the pot back on the stove over medium-low heat. Remove the cinnamon sticks and add the shredded coconut.
  • Pour the dissolved cornstarch into the hot milk. Continuously stir with a wooden spoon until it thickens and you can see the bottom of the pot.
  • Final Steps
  • Immediately pour into a casserole dish and let cool for at least an hour.
  • Decorate with cinnamon powder.


Photo Reference:

Jenny. 2021. Natilla from Colombia. [image] Available at: <> [Accessed 5 May 2022].

Recipe Reference:

Diane. Colombian Natilla. Sweet y Salado, December 10, 2012. (accessed 2022-05-05).