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May 4, 2007 05:22 PM

Help-need ideas for Cinco de Mayo themed desserts in SD

I'm attending a Cinco de Mayo party, and I've been delegated for desserts. Any good Mexican bakeries where I can find something like a tres leches cake? What about Flan, easier to make or buy? Don't feel like scalding myself with carmelized sugar! Thanks in advance....

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  1. Panchita's is a very good Mexican bakery. You can find a branch of it 2 doors down from las Cuatros Milpas.

    Pancho Villa Market on El Cajon Blvd. where it crosses the 805 has some bakery items.

    Northgate Market, take the 43rd St. exit off the 805 and you'll literally end up in their parking lot, has a full service Mexican bakery.

    I'm not a fan of flan, but it is very easy to make. Also gelatina - that would be Jell-O to us - is a HUGE dessert in Mexico.

    Churros can be purchased frozen and reheated. Then roll in cinnamon sugar. Use as dunkers for a chocolate fondue, enhance the fondue with cinnamon and vanilla.

    Capriotada is a traditional Mexican dessert, tho; I think you see that more during winter months than Spring.

    Candied "camotes", those would be sweet potatoes, are big in MX.

    Frankly, a big platter of tropical fruits and berries served with some Dryer's Whole Fruit Coconut Sorbet and cookies would work as well, especially if you sprinkle the fruits with chile powder, a tad of salt and a squeeze of lime.

    Sorbets and gelatos in tropical fruit flavors would work too.

    You can do a Mexican themed trifle using pound cake, or anglefood, or lady finger.
    Sprinkle with tequila, mezcal, rum, kahlua (depending upon the fruits used) or even jamacia or tamarindo, then spread on a layer of vanilla pastry cream, or pudding or dulce de leche, add in sliced tropical fruits and berries, repeat layers and garnish with whipped cream and shaved or chopped Mexican chocolate and chopped nuts.