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Sep 8, 2008 09:22 AM

Latin Dessert Recipe...

Hello, I was wondering if anyone know of an easy-to-make latin dessert recipe that they would like to share....please and thank you. Easy, yet delicious is key! Thanks for your help!

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  1. Flan which is probably the most traditional in many Latin countries and also Super easy. There so many recipes out there. Just look on the web. I never measure mine just milk eggs condensed milk sugar and almonds.

    1. How about Tres Leches? It's basically a yellow cake soaked with tres leches (three milks) - milk, condensed milk, and heavy cream, and then frosted with whipped cream.

      I like Rick Bayless' recipe (linked below) but it's not a quick easy recipe. However, to save time I've also made it with yellow boxed cake mix. Really easy if you do that, and can be made ahead. Also, sometimes I add rum to the milk mixture, as this recipe does:

      Bayless' Tres Leches recipe:

      There are more ideas on that thread, and if you do a search on the Home Cooking Board for '"tres leches" you'll find some more.

      3 Replies
      1. re: Rubee

        The chowhound board tres leches cake ( is very easy and tasty. (I added a teaspoon of vanilla to the cake, but otherwise made it as instructed.) I can't imagine the cake coming out well with boxed cake mix, as the normal base for this cake is a genoise, which is kind of like a drier, stiffer sponge cake. Boxed cake mix is usually trying to simulate a butter cake, which is much moister and softer, and probably wouldn't stand up well to the overnight soaking in the sauce.

        1. re: GilaB

          It ends up super mushy with a boxed cake. I'd read so many good reviews on Food Network that I decided to try. People loved it but I think it's more for people who have never had real tres leches. I've seen a tres leches cake mix at the food shelter where I volunteer but it's so easy to make it from scratch and it's great that way.

          1. re: GilaB

            I've had no problem with boxed cake mix the two times I made short-cut tres leches, but definitely don't use those with pudding in the mix such as the Food Network recipe chowser chose.

            As I linked above, my favorite tres leches recipe is Rick Bayless' Pastel de Tres Leches from "Mexican Kitchen" (the recipe from the book also includes cajeta). However, making the sponge cake from scratch, including grinding the almonds, takes a bit of time. The OP specifically states "Easy, yet delicious is key", which is why I suggested the short-cut method.


        2. Macedonia (a sort of fruit salad), raisin pine-nut cakes, or rice fritters would all be pretty easy. For the latter, boil rice in milk, then drain and make a pasta out of that, an egg, flour, sugar, yeast, milk, lemon zest, raisins and pine nuts. Let it rise for two hours, then fry as fritters.

          Or did you mean the other type of "Latin" ;-)