Manjarblanco de Pallares (Lima bean dulce de leche)
Recipe type: Dessert, Sweet
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Serves: 3 cups
  • 2 cups uncooked Lima beans
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  1. Wash the Lima beans under running water. Place in a bowl, cover with water and soak overnight. Drain and peel one by one the following morning. The peels will slip off very easy.
  2. Put the beans in a saucepan, barely covered with water, and cook over medium heat until tender. At this point they tend to fall apart and are creamy, but if large pieces remain, you may process everything in the blender until very smooth.
  3. Put them back in the pan, add sugar, milk and cinnamon, and simmer over medium low heat, stirring often to avoid scorching.
  4. The manjarblanco will change its color gradually, until it becomes a nice golden color. When you can see the bottom of the pan when stirring the manjarblanco, it is ready.
  5. Cool in the pan or transfer to a bowl to cool.
  6. Store in a tightly closed container in the refrigerator up to 3 days.
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