Desserts

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Naranjilla (Lulo) Popsicles

Naranjilla is a staple fruit in Ecuador and Colombia, where is known as lulo. Its name can be misleading given that the fruit does not resemble the flavor or texture of naranja (Spanish for orange). The best way I can possibly describe the flavor of naranjilla would be a combination […]

Arepa Dominicana (Dominican Cornmeal Cake)

If someone offers you a Dominican arepa, don’t expect to get anything like the traditional Venezuelan or Colombian corn “pockets.” Instead, you will get a dense, sweet, cinnamoney cornmeal cake. Arepa is considered a dessert best enjoyed with a freshly brewed cup of coffee.

Nuéganos de Yuca (Honduran-Style Yuca Fritters)

Nuéganos — similar to Salvadoran nuégados — are delicious fritters made with yuca (also known as cassava), masa harina and cheese and served with a panela/piloncillo sweet sauce. The salty-sweet combination makes them a delectable dessert. If you want to take them up a level of deliciousness, serve them warm […]

Champurrado, Mexican Hot Chocolate

Chilly temperature is the perfect excuse to indulge in a rich cup of Mexican hot chocolate. The main difference in champurrado from a traditional hot chocolate is the addition of cinnamon, vanilla and masa mixture that results in an aromatic, thicker, yet delicious hot beverage. For an authentic champurrado, use […]

Lower-Cal Pan de Elote (Cornbread)

Torta or pan de elote (cornbread) is a dense and moist type of sweet bread. It doesn’t have the texture of traditional cornbread. Traditionally, pan de elote is sweetened with condensed milk. In this recipe, I substituted condensed milk for low-fat evaporated milk, which by definition is not generally recommended. […]

Habichuelas con Dulce (Dominican Sweet Bean Dessert)

Never judge a recipe byits name alone! You never know what you might be missing! This is the case of the beloved Dominican dessert Habichuelas con Dulce. This delectable bean-based dessert is especially enjoyed during Holy Week. Its rich, creamy consistency pairs really nicely with starchy pieces of batata and […]

Milk and Coconut Bars (Tabletas De Leche y Coco)

A popular snack food from Honduras, these coconut bars are easy to make and even easier to enjoy! Please your sweet tooth with these milk and coconut bars, or tabletas de coco. These bars are a traditional sweet treat enjoyed by young and old alike! In the northern coast of Honduras, tabletas de […]

Macheteadas (Honduran Fried Dough)

Macheteadas are a sweet and dense snack food that Hondurans prepare using  leftover baleada (wheat flour tortilla) dough. These are fried and delicious, but given their high calorie and fat content, you’ll want to enjoy in moderation!

Pan de Banano Estilo Hondureño (Honduran-Style Banana Bread)

Banana bread pudding is a delicious treat enjoyed by adults and children alike! It is not only yummy, creamy and easy-to-make, but also very cost-effective. However, traditional recipes call for considerable amounts of butter and sugar. This modified version is lower in sugar and fat than most recipes. The key here is replacing […]