Crêpes with dulce de leche – Panqueques con manjarblanco

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One of the sweetest, simplest, and most satisfying  desserts from Lima are homemade crêpes filled with dulce de leche. The crêpes I'm talking about are not as thin and delicate as the French originals, even though they are clearly inspired by them. Maybe this puffier characteristic is the reason why they are called "panqueques" (pancakes) … [Read more...]

Paneton French Toasts – Making the best of your leftovers

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Christmas may be over, but homes are still filled with December leftovers. In Peru, that means one thing: Paneton. Our version of the Italian panettone is by far the most popular product during the holidays, and most people probably have a few slices still lingering in their kitchens. For them, and for anyone who loves either panettone, or … [Read more...]

Huevo Chimbo – A Latin American Staple

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Huevo chimbo, huevo quimbo, tajadon, tajadon de Trujillo, huevos reales... there are many names for this traditional dessert from the XVI century. We inherited this recipe from Spanish nuns, who were experts in the preparation of many sweets. These talented ladies found in this dessert a delicious way to make good use of leftover egg yolks that … [Read more...]

The dessert of the week: Rice Pudding with Golden Raisins

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I remember when my mom used to make this dessert for us. It was our special treat after school, and even though we didn´t like it warm -because of the hot weather in Central America-, she always served it like that mostly because she loved it that way. At the time I didn´t like the flavor of the lemon peel or the raisins, but now I love … [Read more...]

One Bowl Moist Chocolate Cake

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I don’t think this recipe for a rich, fudgy and syrup-drenched cake is originally from Peru, but it's hugely popular in Lima, and I doubt there is anyone who hasn't eaten this addictive cake at a birthday party celebration once, or many times. Street vendors, restaurants, cafes, corner stores...they all sell this decadent homemade confection, too … [Read more...]

Easy and creamy chocolate mousse with Pisco

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This is another of my super easy recipes, and despite being the creamiest dessert on mi list it does not have any cream! As you can see I´m very fond of dessert, and even though I try to eat healthy most of the time, I love to have something sweet several times a week. Sweet treats are the weakness of everyone in Lima, and chocolate mousse is a … [Read more...]

Tres Leches Revisited: A Milky Affair

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Tres Leches is our family´s all time favorite dessert. The reason for this is very simple: my mom has the best recipe in the whole wide world. This is not an overstatement, there is no close second that we´ve ever come across. Growing up in Lima, all our friends were crazy about it too, and were very happy that two large containers of cold, … [Read more...]

Caramel-chocolate mousse cake, a jolly addition to our 6 Christmas Treats

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I know, I know… this celebratory cake is not a traditional Peruvian dessert, and doesn't have any native Peruvian ingredients, (although we do produce the best organic cacao in the Amazon jungle!), but it´s so divine that I want to share it with all of you as an addition to our first eBook: 6 Christmas Treats, so you get the chance to make it … [Read more...]

Fun apple and quinoa flan. ‘Tis the season to be jolly!

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One of our favorite things for breakfast is cooked quinoa with apples and cinnamon. It´s not only delicious and satisfying but is also a nutritional powerhouse. We just love it; with a little honey, a bit of milk, and if you happen to have maca (fresh as a root, or in powder), you won´t believe the amount of energy that will keep you going … [Read more...]

Pastel de choclo dulce, tasting joy one grain at a time

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Light and simple sweet corn cake. As far as we know, the savory version of pastel de choclo has been a favorite in Peru since the XIX century, and ours is not the same as the famous one made by Chilean cooks. Just like in the States,there are hundreds of recipes of corn cake in Latin America, maybe because corn is such a staple in our diet and we … [Read more...]