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Great Mexican Desserts
It wasn't that long ago when Mexican food was not all that common or at the ready as it is now. When places such as Taco Bell was introduced in the United States, people started enjoying Mexican food more and more. Now there are great Mexican restaurants all around us, especially in Texas. Of course places across our country have different ways of cooking Mexican food, such as in South Texas the Mexican food is different than lets say, New Mexico, where the food is prepared more with green chilis and their recipes are a little different than the traditional ones in Texas.
As much as I love Mexican food, I think that their best foods are their desserts and pastries. Their rice puddings and their delectable cakes, such as Tres Leches cakes and empanadas. Empanadas are very popular in the Mexican culture, and there are several ways to make them, you can either fill them with meats, or fruits and my favorite pumpkin. They are so delicious with a cup of coffee and the good thing about empanadas is that you can eat them either hot or cold. They are great tasting.
Flan is also a very delicious and easy dessert to make. It is a custard type dessert, that has a caramel taste to it. You can even make a dulce de leche topping over flan, which makes it doubly delicious. Dulce de leche is another dessert that can be made several different ways. You can make it as a topping,or if you cook it longer it gets harder and then you can cut them in squares and they taste like a caramel type fudge. However you make these recipes, you wil not be disappointed because they are so rich and creamy. If you are worried about your diet, you can aso substitute lowfat ingredients and the desserts come out just as good.
For this recipe you will need either a cooked pumpkin or you can substitute the filling with a can of pie pumpkin filling, or squash filling or whatever filling you would like
If you cook the pumpkin add ½ cup sugar, ¼ teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice.
There are different types of empanada dough but for this recipe we will use the simple one made with salt, water, egg, flour, shortening and vinegar.
1 teaspoon salt
½ cup cold water
3 cups flour (also set a little bit aside for kneading)
1egg as well as 1 egg white
3 tablespoons shortening
1 teaspoon vinegar
In a small bowl, beat the egg, egg white, water and vinegar then set aside.
In another separate bowl, mix 3 cups of flour and salt together.
Cut shortening in flour mixture with a butter knife. Make a center well with the flour mixture and pour the liquid ingredients from the first bowl that was set aside.
Mix together the dry and wet ingredients with a fork until the mixture becomes stiff.
Place the dough on a floured surface and knead it until the dough is smooth.
Wrap the dough in saran wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour.
You can also purchase already prepared dough disks in the frozen section of the grocery store.
Once the dough is prepared you can roll it out on a flat surface and cut round circles and keep rolling the dough until you have about 12 circles.
You will take a spoonful of pumpkin mixture and place it in the center of the dough and then fold the dough over the pumpkin. Then take a fork and press the ends in a half moon circle around the edges to close. You can brush them with some egg whites to give them a shiny look after they are cooked. Place the empanadas on a greased cookie sheet and cook for about 20 minutes.
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How to make Flan
1 1/2 cup sugar
6 large eggs
1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
2 13 oz cans evaporated milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
Beat eggs slightly; add the sugar and the salt. Blend in the milk and the vanila. Sift the brown sugar onto the bottom of eight 5 oz custard cups. Pour mixture over sugar. Put in shallow pan of hot water. Bake at a 325 temperature for about 30 minutes or until the knife inserted in the center comes out clean. You may chill overnight for best results. Sprinkle with brown sugar if preferred before serving.
Dulce De Leche Recipe
1 (14 ounce/396 gram) can sweetened condensed milk
Dulce De Leche is one of those decadent desserts that just melts in your mouth. It is very easy to make and all you need is one can of sweetened condensed milk. You can spread it on toast, make a topping for cakes or drizzle over ice cream. This recipe is pretty much foolproof and so easy.
Place can of milk in a pot and add cold water to cover the can. Bring to a boil and let it boil for about 3 or 4 hours.. Check the water levels once in a while to make sure that there is always water in the pot. Make sure that you do not boil the can for too long or you run the risk of it exploding. Once in a while move the can around to make sure the milk is cooking evenly. After the can cools you may remove the carmelized milk into another cantainer and it keeps fresh in the refrigerator for about 2 weeks.
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