Colombian Natilla Recipe | Holiday Recipe

Thursday, December 21, 2017
4 days til Christmas!!!
I can not believe time went so fast. It feels like yesterday it was October. Now that the holidays are getting closer, I have been baking and preparing for Christmas and New Years.
Today I have another recipe for you: Colombian Natilla. The classic holiday recipe that is made by Colombians wherever they may be.
Natilla Colombiana with buñuelos
This recipe was the one that was given to me by my mother, so the ingredient portions may vary.

Colombian Natilla Recipe


  • 9 cups of milk (1.33 L, one milk bag)
  • 3-a cinnamon sticks
  • Sticks of cloves
  • 2 cups of cornstarch
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 1/2 cups of sugar
  • 1 can of condensed milk.

The recipe

  1. Add the 9 cups of milk, cinnamon, and cloves together in a pot. Turn on the stove medium-high. Mix, bring to a boil.
  2. In a mixing bowl mix together the cornstarch and the rest of the milk. Add to the pot when it starts to boil, mix. Take out the cinnamon/cloves if wished.
  3. Add the butter, sugar and condensed milk. Mix well, lower temperature to low-medium. Stir it with a wooden spoon. Stirring, so it doesn't stick to the pot, until it thickens, about 5-8minutes.
  4. After it thickens pour it into the 9x13 inch baking dish. Let it cool until firm. Refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.
  5. Cut, serve and enjoy.
Note: I updated it to 1 1/2C sugar for it was too sweet. You could add less if wished, or more depending on your taste buds.
*Tip* Before pouring mixture into the dish, rinse the dish but do not dry it so the natilla won't stick to the dish.
  • You can pour it into individual size bowls if wished.
  • Raisins or shredded coconut can be added for a better taste/look. 1/2C if desired
*Bonus tip*  Refrain from taking a spoon and eating the mixture when ready to pour into the dish. 😄

I really hope you enjoy this recipe and grow to love it like we do in our household. It is easy, but the hardest part is the stirring. 

What do you think? Do you like recipes like this? What do you usually bake/make for the holidays?

Hope you have a great weekend before Christmas.

Merry Christmas.

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