Mango Suspiro Limeño – A fresh twist on the traditional dessert

Mango suspiro limeno

It's almost the weekend but not quite, so we need a little indulgence to get through the last day and a half of hard work and to-do lists. Suspiro Limeño is one of our favorite desserts and last month, on our visit to the Que Rica Vida headquarters in Minneapolis, we prepared a mango variation of this silky and incredibly sweet pudding. We made … [Read more...]

Mazamorra Morada – The healthy way to eat dessert

Mazamorra Morada

If you're reading this and you're not Peruvian, and especially if you're not a Spanish speaker, I know the name of this pudding sounds a bit complicated; even intimidating. But if you try it, you will find out that the actual dessert is much simpler than its name. It is made with the same water used for chicha morada , with the addition of dried … [Read more...]

Easy and creamy chocolate mousse with Pisco

Chocolate mousse

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...]

Brazil Nut Turrón

turrón de castañas

We call this cake turrón although it has nothing in common with the Spanish turrón, or the Italian torrone or nougat. This very sweet cake can have either a chewy or a crunchy texture, depending on how finely or coarsely grated the Brazil nuts are. As you can see in the photos below, I grated them so finely that they resembled grated Parmesan … [Read more...]

Guargüeros – Fried napkins filled with dulce de leche


  These beautiful sweets are one of my birthday-table favorites, along with alfajores, mana,  bolitas de nuez,melcochas de chocolate, yemecillas, encanelados, and many other lovely  sugar confections. In Lima, you can find them in many bakeries, grocery stores and coffee shops, but there is something rewarding -and relaxing- about making … [Read more...]

#MeatlessMondays – Chicha Morada Paletas

Chicha Morada Paletas

I don't think we have a name for paletas in Peru. Either we call the commercial ones by their brand name, like D'onofrio's "BeBe,"or we use something more general like helado de agua (water ice cream). However, when our friend Ericka Sanchez from Nibbles and Feasts asked us if we had a paleta recipe, we knew we had to do a chicha morada paleta. Why … [Read more...]

Peruvian-inspired cinnamon, Pisco, and manjarblanco French Toast for Mother´s Day


By Chef Ximena Llosa As I write this, my house smells amazing...I just finished taking the pictures for this recipe and even my neighbors knocked on my door asking me...“What are you baking now, Ximena?” So of course, I shared the spare brioche bread I had just made! This recipe was inspired by the Peruvian dessert “Encanelado” which is a … [Read more...]

Queso helado, an artisanal ice-cream to welcome Spring


Arequipa is the birthplace of this lovely artisanal ice-cream. I read in one of my favorite cookbooks -La Memoria del Sabor- that many years ago, queso helado was made with almonds, but later on cooks changed to  coconut -or coquitos chilenos, and because of how cheap and delicious this dessert was, it became extremely popular. Traditionally, queso … [Read more...]

Apricot bavarois, bringing back sweet memories


Once upon a time, Lima was the bavarois kingdom. French influence was in vogue in every aspect of our culture, from the way we spoke to the way we cooked, and people were deeply in love with this ethereal delicacy in particular. Usually made with local fruits in season (cherimoya, lucuma, peach, mango, strawberries), dried fruits (prunes, … [Read more...]

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

pastel de choclo final

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...]