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May 2, 2012 10:36 PM

Cinco de Mayo dessert

I'm going to a silent auction on Cinco de Mayo and will be entering a dessert contest. The desserts don't have to be connected to the theme, but I thought it would be fun. The ideas I have so far are flan (never made one, so don't want to experiment); a flourless chocolate cake to which I could add some cinnamon for the Mexican chocolate experience; and Mexican wedding cookies.

Any other ideas?

How much cinnamon would I add to the cake (a 9" round)?


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  1. What about a tres leches cake? Alton Brown has a superb variation as does Ree Drummond. Or you could do the epicurious dulce de leche cheesecake bars, maybe a key lime pie. I've tried both emeril's and Ina garten's recipes' to great success. I like the flourless chocolate cake idea that you had but am unsure about how much cinnamon you should go with.

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    1. re: Redstickchef

      I would actually infuse the liquid for the cake with chile - try using dried ancho chiles - as well as the cinnamon.

      1. I'm playing around with the idea of tequila lime bars. Does anyone have a sense of how much tequila to add to a 9x13 pan? Would the flavor from a couple of tablespoons come through? Would putting a little coarse salt on top be good or too much? Thanks.

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        1. re: jessinEC

          Coarse salt, or a large flake salt with some lime zest would be a great garnish on top. Not sure about flavor, but I would think that a couple of Tblsp of tequila would work.

          1. re: jessinEC

            However you do the bars (or you could do *Blondies*...), brush the top with a Lime Tequila Syrup...
            Combine the juice of 2-3 limes along with their zest, 1/4-1/3 cup of water, 200 -250 g of sugar over heat and bring to a simmer to dissolve the sugar, cooking over low for 30 seconds after or so. Take off the heat and stir in 3-4 tbsp of tequila, to taste.
            ...poke holes over blondies or just brush with syrup... sprinkle the top with coarse sea salt.

          2. By far the best dessert I have ever made is Mexican Flan by Daisy Martinzez. It is my Grandaughters favorite and she requests it each year for her birthday. Easy to make and a showpiece.

            * Exported from MasterCook *

            Mexican Flan - Daisy Cook's

            Recipe By :
            Serving Size : 10 Preparation Time :0:00
            Categories : desserts

            Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
            -------- ------------ --------------------------------

            1 cup sugar
            1 can evaporated milk
            1 can sweetened condensed milk
            3 eggs
            3 yolks
            2 teaspoons vanilla
            1 can Media crema (table cream)

            Heat oven to 350 degrees. Add sugar to a medium sized pot. Melt stirring often until golden caramel in color. When done place in a pie plate and cover bottom and halfway up the sides by tipping the plate.

            Place all remaining ingredients in a blender until smooth. Pour into the pie plate.

            Open oven and pull out the rack halfway. Place a large pan on the rack and place the pie plate in it. Pour in the filling. Add boiling water to the large pan until halfway up the pie plate.

            Bake at 350* for one hour or until you can just see the center jiggle.

            Remove and cool in the water bath. When completely cool invert onto a plate and serve.


            1. Morning!

              Not that it is time for Cinco de Mayo yet, but we are having a Mexican-themed dinner on Friday. Any other additional ideas for Mexican or Central Latin American desserts that haven't been covered here yet?

              Would love any additional ideas. Thanks!

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              1. re: Tehama

                I have good results with recipes from this website:

                In particular, I have used the flan and rice pudding recipes (scaled up to feed about 150 as part of a buffet) and had them turn out beautifully.


                1. re: rockycat

                  Great resource and ideas! Thanks!!