A Latin American dish which is very popular with children, Manjar Blanco (man-har blahn-koh) is easy to make. It may be eaten by itself as a pudding or spread on bread. The vanilla flavouring is optional.
2 teaspoon butter
2 pints milk
4 oz. sugar
1 vanilla pod
Grease a 6-inch shallow baking dish with the butter. Set aside.
Combine the milk, sugar and vanilla pod in a medium-sized, heavy-based saucepan. Place the pan over moderate heat and bring to the boil, stirring constantly to dissolve the sugar. Reduce the heat to low and simmer gently for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Remove the vanilla pod. Continue to cook, stirring frequently, for a further 40 to 50 minutes, or until the mixture is thick and comes away from the sides of the pan.
Spoon the mixture into the baking dish and set aside to cool before serving.