Leche Poleada – Cooking with Valentina

For many Salvadorans, Leche Poleada is associated with feelings of comfort and nostalgia.
Leche Poleada is a delicious, creamy milk and cinnamon based drink that can be served hot or cold.

Isn’t it amazing how a simple taste can immediately bring us back into a memory or a feeling from long ago? For many Salvadorans, Leche Poleada is associated with feelings of comfort and nostalgia. One sip can take them back to memories of childhood and simpler times where they would come in from playing and their mother had prepared them this delicious, creamy milk and cinnamon based drink as a treat.  Leche Poleada is also a versatile dessert as it can be served hot or cold and paired with many different types of dishes. Bring back old memories or create some new ones by making this dessert together with your kids. Here’s how:


Utensils (English and Spanish)


  • Scale (Gramera)
  • Pot (Olla)
  • Blender (Licuadora)
  • Pastry spatula (espátula)
  • Glass (Vaso)
  • Ladle (Cucharón)
  • Stove (Estufa)


Ingredients (English and Spanish)


  • Cinnamon (Canela) – 4 sticks
  • Water (Agua) – 1 cup
  • Milk (Leche) – 2 pints
  • Cornstarch (without flavor) (Fecula de maiz) – 3oz
  • Cornstarch (vanilla flavor) (Fecula de maiz)– 3oz
  • Milk (Leche) – 1 cup
  • Sugar (Azucar) – 6oz (¾ cup + 2 tablespoons)
  • Egg (Huevo) – 1
  • Salt (Sal) – 1 pinch
  • Vanilla (Esencia de vainilla) – 1 Teaspoon


Follow Along with the Video Below



  1. In a bowl, combine the cinnamon and water. Put on the stove on medium heat. Add the 2 pints milk and wait for it to boil. 
  2. While you are waiting, add to a blender: 1 cup milk, sugar, cornstarch (without flavor), cornstarch (vanilla flavor), vanilla, salt, and finally the egg. Blend on low for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the blended mixture to the milk on the stove and boil again. Mix together until the consistency thickens. Pour into a glass and grate cinnamon on top for taste and garnish. 



  1. En un bol, combine la canela y el agua. Poner al fuego a fuego medio. Agrega los 2 litros de leche y espera a que hierva.
  2. Mientras esperas, agrega a una licuadora: 1 taza de leche, azúcar, maicena (sin sabor), maicena (sabor vainilla), vainilla, sal y finalmente el huevo. Licue a fuego lento durante 5 minutos.
  3. Agregue la mezcla licuada a la leche en la estufa y vuelva a hervir. Mezclar hasta que la consistencia espese. Vierta en un vaso y ralle canela por encima para darle sabor y decore.


Tasting a dessert is only one way to unlock memories. If you want to immerse your child in the Spanish language and culture by trying out activities, crafts, games, and recipes from all of the 21 Spanish speaking countries, then sign them up for ViLaCa (Virtual Language Camp).

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