Esponjado de Maracuya or Passion Fruit

by Erica Dinho on September 3, 2009

Esponjado de maracuyaEsponjados are traditional desserts in Colombia. There are a lot of variations including coffee, lulo, lime, lemon and orange. Maracuya is a delicious exotic fruit from South America but it’s grown in many countries around the world such as India, Africa, Israel and the United States. I love the combo of tanginess from the passion fruit and sweetness from the condensed milk in this dessert. Use crumbled graham crackers or whipped cream as toppings.
Enjoy it!




(6- 8 Servings)

  • 1 ½ cup passion fruit puree
  • 1 can (14 oz) condensed milk
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon unflavored gelatin
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 3 egg whites


  1. In a small pot add the water and gelatin. Over medium heat let it cook for about 2 minutes or until the gelatin dissolves.
  2. Place the passion fruit puree and condensed milk in a blender and blend for about 2 minutes. Add the dissolved gelatin to the blender and blend for 1 more minute.
  3. In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer beat the heavy cream for about 3 minutes. Fold the whipped cream into the passion fruit mixture.
  4. Using an electric mixer beat the egg whites and sugar in a clean bowl until stiff.
  5. Add half of the egg whites to the mixture, gently folding to incorporate them. Don’t overwork the mixture. Add the rest of the whites and fold the mixtures together.
  6. Spoon the mixture into individual serving glasses or bowls and refrigerate for about 5 hours or overnight. Serve with whipped cream or chopped graham crackers on top.
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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Diana September 3, 2009 at 6:46 AM


This looks so yummy! I’m learning so much from you! Thanks for sharing your recipes :)


2 Sarah Naveen September 3, 2009 at 7:16 AM

Oh it looks wonderful Erica!!!!


3 Ben September 3, 2009 at 7:37 AM

Hmmm, I’d never heard of esponjados, but they look and sound very good and passion fruit is one of those things I gotta try before I die :-p


4 KennyT September 3, 2009 at 1:52 PM

I’d love to try this passion fruit version, looks yummy!


5 Felisha September 3, 2009 at 1:53 PM

Your recipes will be the death of my diet. Haha this looks great I love love colombian great recipes and site keep them coming! :)


6 Sass September 3, 2009 at 2:30 PM

Wow! This looks just amazing and sinful.


7 Erica September 3, 2009 at 5:02 PM

Thank you all for the wonderful comments!!!


8 the epicurean's market September 3, 2009 at 6:31 PM

sweet heaven, that looks so good!


9 Gera @ SweetsFoods September 3, 2009 at 7:16 PM

What a beautiful dessert I’d like to try the Maracuya version, must be delicious :)




10 Kim September 3, 2009 at 7:40 PM

I’ve never seen anything like this before…looks delicious and creamy : )


11 Oysterculture September 3, 2009 at 8:32 PM

I’ve had this or something like it before, cannot remember the name but it was GOOD!


12 sandra g September 3, 2009 at 8:57 PM

Can’t wait to try this! it looks and sounds delicioso, in the Dominican Republic we call passion fruit, chinola. love sandra g.


13 Natasha - 5 Star Foodie September 4, 2009 at 7:09 AM

How delicious! I love the flavor of passion fruit! The crumbled graham cookies are a great topping!


14 Sophie September 4, 2009 at 10:58 AM

MMMMMMMMM,…this dessert looks quite fabulous!! I would like to digg in right now!!



15 Danielle September 4, 2009 at 3:05 PM

mmmmm…..i sure could go for one of those right about now


16 kristy September 7, 2009 at 10:14 AM

Oh dear, I would love to have this right now….yum!


17 lisa (dandysugar) September 7, 2009 at 2:00 PM

Mmm, I love this dessert! The topping looks delicious too!


18 Soma September 8, 2009 at 9:59 PM

I have not found passion fruit this year:-( This is such a decadent dessert.


19 Erica September 12, 2009 at 7:45 AM

Thank you everyone for visiting!


20 C January 23, 2010 at 5:16 PM

Where do you get the passion fruit puree? can you use frozen pulp instead?


21 Erica January 23, 2010 at 7:18 PM

C- You can use frozen pulp.


22 Sandra G July 14, 2010 at 1:58 PM

Erica made this this yesterday, I love them! and my husband loved them too!


23 debi May 21, 2013 at 3:23 PM

I made this with frozen pulpa. OMG! delicious!
My husband, who hates the texture of puddings/custards, nearly licked the bowl clean. He claims it tastes even better than key lime and I must agree.


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