Category: Cuisines of the World: Central America: Los Dulces

  • Guava Jam

    Ingredients 2 cups guavas, chopped fine (skins, seeds and all) (about 10 guavas) 1 cup sugar 1 cup water 2 tablespoons lime juice 1 pinch of salt Directions Place all the ingredients in a medium saucepan on low heat and cook for about 10 minutes or until all ingredients are cooked down. Turn up heat […]

  • Empanadas de Guayaba (Guava Pie Pockets)

    Makes 15-20 empanadas Ingredients 4 cups all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons salt 3 tablespoons sugar 12 tablespoons butter, cold and cut into pieces 2 egg yolks ¾ cup water (ice cold) Guava Jam (recipe follows) Powdered sugar (optional) Directions In a large bowl, mix the flour, salt, and sugar. Cut in the butter using a pastry […]

  • Pineapple Preserves

    Makes 2 cups Ingredients 1 cup pineapple, chopped small to fine 1 cup sugar 2 tablespoons lime juice 1 tablespoon lime zest 1 vanilla bean, cut and scraped (scraped parts reserved) ½ teaspoon cinnamon, freshly grated ½ teaspoon ground cloves Directions Place all ingredients in a medium sauce pan on low heat and cook slowly […]

  • Semita de Piña (Pineapple Tart)

    Makes about 12 tarts Semita is the most popular pastry in El Salvador and its basically a bread dough filled with jam. The most popular filling is pineapple utilizing El Salvador’s sweet pineapples! Ingredients 1 cup milk ½ cup butter, unsalted ½ cup sugar 2 teaspoons salt 1⁄3 cup warm water 1 package active dry […]

  • Pasteles de Tres Leches con Mango (Three Milk & Mango Cake)

    Serves 6-9 Ingredients 1½ cup all purpose flour 1 cup sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon cinnamon, freshly grated 1 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated ½ cup butter, soft 1 cup sugar 6 eggs 1 vanilla bean, cut and scraped (insides reserved) 2 cups mango, ripe and chopped small ½ cup vanilla […]

  • Flan de Leche (Caramel Custard)

    Serves 6-8 Ingredients 1 cup sugar ¼ cup water 4 eggs, beaten 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk 1 cup of whole milk 1 fresh vanilla bean, cut open and scraped out ½ cup sugar Directions Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease 6-8 ramekins. In a medium saucepan combine the sugar and water and bring […]

  • Batido de Banana y Fresa (Strawberry Banana Shake)

    Makes 3-4 milkshakes Basically a milkshake, although a much looser version, often served over more ice cubes to keep very cold and fresh. Batidos showcase the fruits often associated with Central America and their rich and sweet flavors that are the very essence of their desserts. Ingredients 1 cup fresh strawberries, de-stemmed and chopped 1 […]

  • Raspados de Frutas Tropical (Tropical Fruit Snow Cones)

    Makes quite a few snow cones Most of us don’t have ice scrapers in our kitchen for snow cones so this raspado recipe is modified to utilize the tools we all typically have in our kitchen while still being able to enjoy the authentic taste of a snow cone! Ingredients For a mango raspado 2 […]