Sweets

Jicama and Strawberry, A Delicious Duet For These Almohadas (Pillows)

Jicama and Strawberry, A Delicious Duet For These Almohadas (Pillows)

Jicama and strawberry?  Qué?  I get skeptical looks about that combination whenever I suggest it, but the crunch of jicama melds beautifully with softened strawberries. Jicama is native to Mexico and Central America and tastes a little like a water chestnut and maybe also a […]

Dulce De Leche Quemada – Burnt Milk Candy

Dulce De Leche Quemada – Burnt Milk Candy

Dulce De Leche Quemada means burnt milk candy. I dug up this recipe from my archives because it makes for a good stay-at-home project.  It’ll take several hours to cook and kids and adults will love them, extra yummy with roasted pecans.  As far as […]

Marranitos, Little Piggy Mexican Cookies

Marranitos, Little Piggy Mexican Cookies

Everybody loves marranitos, those piggy-shaped cookies that almost taste like ginger but no ginger here, it’s the piloncillo that you’re tasting. They are a Mexican bakery icon. They are also a sweet memory, childhood and adult, in Mexican American families of Texas. This cookie recipe […]

Turcos, Vintage Sweet Pork Empanadas

Turcos, Vintage Sweet Pork Empanadas

Turcos are a vintage, delicious treat, part of the Texas Mexican culinary tradition but almost becoming extinct. Rooted in Texas Pecan and also Arab flavors, it’s still found in San Antonio all the way south to the Rio Grande Valley and del otro lado (on […]

Bourbon Pecan Pie Recalls Emma Tenayuca

Bourbon Pecan Pie Recalls Emma Tenayuca

FROM MY ARCHIVES: A pecan pie for Thanksgiving. This pecan pie, with piloncillo and a bit of bourbon in it, tastes of celebration and abundance.  I wrote about this on Thanksgiving day, and I share the recipe now in preparation for the new year.  It’s […]

6 Mexican Sweets For The Holidays

6 Mexican Sweets For The Holidays

Holiday Mexican sweets are all about memories for me. Whether you bake alone or with your siblings and friends, I recommend that you make at least one of these holiday sweets. It’s a part of life that you’ll enjoy now, and you’ll take those memories […]

Buñuelos Bring New Year Happiness: ¡Feliz Año Nuevo!

Buñuelos Bring New Year Happiness: ¡Feliz Año Nuevo!

When I was growing up, new year’s eve was always festive, exciting.  Amá would celebrate every new year by making buñuelos.  They’re crisp and  light.  I serve them with no-dairy chocolate. I recall having a sense of wonder at how she made ribbons out of […]

Hojarascas, The Mexican Cookie We All Love

Hojarascas, The Mexican Cookie We All Love

Hojarascas are the iconic cookies from the culinary region that I call “Texas Mexican” and that includes the states of Texas, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas. It’s a culturally cohesive region that shares the same history and food that is often called “Norteño” because […]

Empanadas De Camote, Sweet Potato Yum!

Empanadas De Camote, Sweet Potato Yum!

Empanadas de camote are a traditional treat, and they’re  just right for winter weather.  This recipe adds an anise flavor to the dough, and I bet you won’t be able to eat just one.  Mexican pastries, pan dulce, have become a strong culinary tradition over […]

Mazapan Mexican Peanut Candy – A Delicious Tradition

Mazapan Mexican Peanut Candy – A Delicious Tradition

Mazapan Mexican peanut candy is lush and delicious, and it’s the perfect weekend recipe because it requires no cooking.  I suggest you call up some friends and have fun making Mexican mazapán.  Make a big batch, like I did, and you will also make memories. […]