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May 4, 2009 09:39 AM

Mexican Dessert for Cinco De Mayo Party

Anybody know of any great and relatively easy desserts for Cinco De Mayo? I'm expected to bring one tomorrow, and although I could always make brownies or some such, I'd like to do something more interesting.
Caveats- I don't have a food processer or a mixer (college student), so any recipe that requires either of those is out. Also, if the ingredients were cheap, that would be great. (again with the college student thing)

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  1. Capirotada, a Mexican bread pudding, should be easy and cheap to make.

    Everyone's grandmother has a different version, but typically
    - the bread is a crusty roll such as that used for tortas
    - it is moistened with a brown sugar syrup (made with raw brown sugar, piloncillos, and cinnamon)
    - it is rich in fruits, even tomato, nuts, and cheese
    - texture may be more like a dry stuffing, as opposed to a dense, eggy, custard.

    1. Can't get much less expensive than Arroz con Leche. Rice, sugar, milk, lime rind and some grd. cinnamon. It's basically a looser version of rice pudding cooked with lime rind and generous sprinkled with the grd. cinnamon.

      There's always that Mexican dessert favorite, gelatina (and I'm not being silly)

      1. Since Cinco de Mayo is essentially an American celebration of Tex-Mex food and an opportunity to imbibe copious amounts of beer and tequila, I don't worry about authenticity. Since you mentioned brownies, I'll tell you about the "Mexican" brownies à la mode I've made a few times. Although the recipes above sound great, and perhaps are cheaper too.

        Ghirardelli double chocolate brownie mix: substitute butter for at least half the oil, add cinnamon (or better, canela), coffee, and some ancho and guajillo chile powder (or whatever chiles you have around.) Vanilla ice cream (a good one, if you can splurge, I like Haagen Dazs.) Serve with cajeta (Mexican goat milk caramel) in place of chocolate sauce. This dessert pleased my college friends, even the ones who thought chiles in chocolate was "weird".

        If you would like a recipe for the cajeta let me know. You can sometimes find it at Mexican grocers, or perhaps a regular supermarket if there's a large Hispanic population nearby.

        1. Thanks so much everyone.
          I think I'm gonna go with the brownies, as they will probably be accessible to the people I'm cooking for.

          1. My post is too late...but I made these Mexican Wedding cookies (which are also known across nationalities as Russian tea cookies, meltaways, etc.) but
            they came out very nicely...this recipe does NOT make 3 dozen, no way-no how, more like barely 2 dozen):