Cocada Pudding

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3/4 cup water
3/4 cup sugar
3 inches of stick cinnamon, broken up
1/4 cup shredded coconut
2 1/4 cups milk
4 tablespoons cornstarch
1/3 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Simmer sugar, water, and cinnamon stick pieces for 10 minutes. Strain out cinnamon. Add the coconut and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring often. Let mixture cool for a few minutes and then stir in the milk. Mix the cornstarch and salt in another pan and blend in the coconut mixture. Bring entire mixture gradually to a boil, stirring constantly, and boil for one minute. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla. Refrigerate.

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