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Leche Poleada
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
35 mins
Leche poleada is a traditional dairy dessert from El Salvador flavored with cinnamon and vanilla that can also serve as a base for other recipes.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Latin American, Salvadoran, Vegetarian
Servings: 8 people
Author: Sarah-Eden Dadoun
  • ¾ cup cornstarch
  • 6 cups whole milk
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch salt
  • Cinnamon powder
  • Raisins (optional)
  1. In a blender, mix 2 cups (500 ml) of milk with the salt, sugar, egg yolks, and cornstarch. Blend for 1 minute, and set aside.

  2. In a large saucepan, bring the remaining milk to a boil.
  3. Stir the mixture that is in the blender and add it to the saucepan with the milk.
  4. Add the cinnamon stick and vanilla and mix well.
  5. Bring to a boil over low heat, stirring constantly until thick.
  6. Remove from heat. Pour into a large bowl or individual cups and let cool.
  7. Sprinkle the leche poleada with cinnamon and raisins (optional) at the time of serving.
Recipe Notes
  • If you want the consistency of the milk to be thicker, to use it in a recipe that requires it for example, you just need to reduce the amount of milk. The other ingredients will be used in the same quantities.