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Dulces: Islas Flotantes de Coco (Coconut Floating Islands)

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The reason this French dessert is surfacing here under a Spanish alias is that islas flotantes are a served in many homes and restaurants around Latin America. The construction is the same as in their land of provenance: small mounds of feathery meringues float swanlike in a still, chilled pool of crème anglaise threaded with amber caramel sauce. More

Islas Flotantes de Coco (Coconut Floating Islands)

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Though some recipes call for baking the meringues and then slipping them into the custard, I follow the more traditional route and poach them. A bite reveals that these islands are rather more like clouds. More

Dulces: Bocaditos de Corn Flakes y Leche Condensada (Corn Flake Clusters)

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What we were there to get: one large box of Kellogg's Corn Flakes and one can of sweetened condensed milk. Someone sprinted to the living room to return the keys while someone else fetched a stool. Yet another would rattle and rummage for a large pot and a long-handled wooden stirring spoon. I would fill a bowl with water while baking sheets were set up in the dining room. This was a house of seven children, though some were too young to participate, and I loved the buzz of activity and sense that everyone had a task, much like Cinderella's mice. More

Bocaditos de Corn Flakes y Leche Condensada (Corn Flake Clusters)

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Instead of Rice Krispies treats, many Latin Americans grow up eating these (no-bake!) clusters of cereal, sugar, and sweetened condensed milk. At a glance, the recipe appears too sweet, but the burnt sugar adds nuance and complexity to these irresistible morsels. More

Dulces: Turrón de Alicante (Nougat with Marcona Almonds)

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Usually, we—my dad and I—would be at the pharmacy or checkout aisle in the supermarket and we'd toss a few glossy rectangular boxes into the red plastic shopping basket or already packed cold metal cart. But somehow, those gold-lettered boxes and cellophane wrapper, along with the excitement of Christmas being just a few days away, made a bar of nut-encrusted, wafer covered, crunchy, pale golden nougat a once-a-year treat that I truly looked forward to. More

Turrón de Alicante (Nougat with Marcona Almonds)

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Marcona almonds and honey have been used to flavor this nougat for centuries. More

Dulces: Buñuelos de Rodilla (Mexican Christmas Fritters)

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Buñuelos de rodilla are just such a recipe. These "knee fritters" are named that way because the flat disks of translucent dough are shaped upon the knees of women. Imagine spending a whole day carefully stretching hundred of buñuelos, crafting them so they fry up crisp, golden, and airy. The picture of this scene is wondrous and really illustrates how even the humblest foods are treated with respect and affection. More

Buñuelos de Rodilla (Mexican Christmas Fritters)

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While buñuelos de rodilla can be found year-round in some areas of México, they are often served as a Christmas treat, either acaramelizados (crisp) or garritos (soaked in a simple syrup) during supper on nochebuena (Christmas Eve). More

Dulces: Golfeados (Venezuelan Sticky Buns)

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We all do it: we wander around the airport waiting for our flight to begin boarding, killing time by stepping in and out of newsstands, perusing the latest paperback crime thrillers, leafing through fashion glossies, wondering whether we should buy one of those vibrating neck pillows. More

Golfeados (Venezuelan Sticky Buns)

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The result: buns that are candied on the outside and soft, buttery, cheesy, and spiced inside their coils. More

Dulces: Alfajores de Chocolate (Argentine Chocolate-Dulce de Leche Sandwich Cookies)

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While I wasn't looking to construct an exact replica of the Havanna brand alfajor negro (chocolate alfajor), I did want to satiate my craving for that sandwich cookie's subtle chocolate flavor, almond and citrus zest essence, cake-like texture, dulce de leche filling, and chocolate coating. More

Alfajores de Chocolate (Argentine Chocolate-Dulce de Leche Sandwich Cookies)

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The flavor is delicate cocoa, orange, honey, and almond, coated in chocolate, and naturally, generously filled with rich dulce de leche. More

Dulces: Banana-Dulce de Leche Bread Pudding

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Torta de pan—bread pudding—is not a novel concept to the dessert repertoire of many countries; in Latin America it is an everyday and very casero (homey) preparation. Variations and interpretations are abundant but not exhausting, surely due to the ease of its assembly and its always pleasing result. The custard-soaked and baked dessert is also a sensible way to salvage stale bread scraps that would otherwise find themselves tossed out with the fish guts and vegetable parings. More

Banana-Dulce de Leche Bread Pudding

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The custard-soaked and baked dessert is also a sensible way to salvage stale bread scraps that would otherwise find themselves tossed out with the fish guts and vegetable parings. More

Dulces: Pan de Muerto

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Food is a central part of Día de los muertos. Pan de muerto is a sweet, soft bread, coated with sugar and made fragrant with the beautiful aroma of orange blossom water. Even if you won't be rapping your knuckles on stranger's doors on behalf of your calaverita, this is a festive and curious bread that's worth trying. More

Pan de Muerto

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Even if you won't be rapping your knuckles on stranger's doors on behalf of your calaverita, this is a festive and curious bread that's worth trying. More

Dulces: Flan de Arroz con Leche (Rice Pudding Flan)

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This hybrid dessert combines two of our favorite sweet and creamy treats: rice pudding and flan. More

Flan de Arroz con Leche (Rice Pudding Flan)

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This hybrid dessert combines two of our favorite sweet and creamy treats: rice pudding and flan. More

Dulces: Churros with Chocolate-Dulce de Leche Dip

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If you're a lover of fried foods, you'll have a deep understanding of the ultimate satisfaction of eating a churro as it emerges out of a burnished gold, bubbling pot of scalding oil. When paired with a silky chocolate dulce de leche dip, these treats are absolutely irresistible. More

Churros with Chocolate-Dulce de Leche Dip

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If you're a lover of fried foods, you'll have a deep understanding of the ultimate satisfaction of eating a churro as it emerges out of a burnished gold, bubbling pot of scalding oil. When paired with a silky chocolate dulce de leche dip, they're absolutely irresistible. More

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