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PERÚ SPECIAL: Maná Made in the Microwave

by Lorena

Maná are sweet bites of goodness. They have this really nice marzipan texture, only smoother. They’re made with only 4 ingredients but its taste excels beyond any other sweet bite that you can have. It really reminds me of Perú because I’m obsessed with them and they always were at the sweets’ table at parties and I would go straight to eating one of them… okay maybe 10. Usually they cooked in a pot while stirring for a long while. However, my godmother taught me years ago how to make them in the microwave! And it seriously cuts a lot of time from the preparation. And yes, the taste is as good.

Maná is one of those sweets that I cannot resist. They are traditionally shaped like fruit and painted with edible dies but to be honest I don’t think it’s worth the hassle as they’re literally gone in one bite.

They’re the cutest little sweet you can find and they’re texture is really sublime. It’s similar to a truffle even though there’s no chocolate in them.

I promise that you and everyone around you will love these! Try them out next time you have people over for tea time.


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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Low
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 26 minutes
Servings: 20 maná


  • 4 egg yolks
  • 125 ml evaporated milk
  • 150 g sugar
  • as needed icing sugar for kneading at least 50g


  • Dissolve the sugar into the evaporated milk on medium heat.
  • In another bowl, whisk the egg yolks to break them and then add about a third the hot milk and whisk really fast to make sure the egg yolk doesn't create any lumps as it cooks. Then add the rest of the milk with confidence and mix.
  • Take the mixture into the microwave in a deep microwave-safe bowl as it boils up and we don't want it to overflow. It goes in in 2min intervals and we mix it up every time it comes out. 
  • After 6min use a whisk and mix fast to see the texture it's getting at. It should look like a really thick pancake mix. For further reference, you can watch the video above.
  • Transfer it to another bowl and let cool in the fridge for about 2 hours.
  • Put the mix on top of a table dusted with icing sugar and knead adding more icing sugar on top. Stop adding icing sugar once the dough doesn't stick to your fingers, which will take quite a lot of icing sugar.
  • Make them into balls and dust with extra icing sugar on top.
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