Here is a selection of some of the most popular, yet traditional sweets and desserts that you will find in Mexico. From the sweet bread of pan dulce to the frozen treat of paletas you are sure to find something to soothe that sweet tooth.
Creamy Caramel Custard
Flan is one of the most popular recipes on this site and once you try it you'll know why. Flan is a smooth and silky custard topped with a sweet caramel sauce that overflows off the top and down the sides into a pool on the bottom. This recipe is very easy to make by all ages and even the beginner cook. Some people have found that using a pre-made caramel syrup makes it even easier. You can make individual flan in small ramekins and some people make one big one in a pie plate. Either way, it tastes delicious!
Tres Leches Cake is another popular Mexican dessert and it's easy to see why. Rich, dense cake soaked in a milky syrup, topped with a decadent whipped cream make a delicious end to any meal. It is actually quite easy to make if you follow along with each step here in this Tres Leches Cake Tutorial
which shows a picture of each step.
Mexican Sweet Bread
Pan Dulce is a family favorite that is delicious served alongside your morning coffee or as a sweet treat after lunch or dinner. It is often snacked on throughout the day. In Mexican bread shops known as "Panaderias" the colorful rolls line the shelves along with other freshly baked breads. Luckily, you don't have to travel to Mexico to sample these yummy breads, you can make them right at home. Here is an easy-to-follow Pan Dulce Tutorial
with a picture of each step so you can see exactly how to make it.
Mexican Strawberry Popsicles
Mexican popsicles are a fresh and natural alternative to other store-bought frozen treats filled with artificial colors and flavors. Paletas are made with fresh fruits and juices and lightly sweetened with real sugar. Feel free to use a natural sugar substitute (such as stevia or lo han) to keep it healthy and still sweet. You can use whatever fresh fruit you have such as blueberries, mango or watermelon. Combine fruits for extra color and flavor.
Mexican Rice Pudding
Arroz con Leche is another Mexican favorite. It is made with white rice which is cooked in sweetener and milk so it becomes soft and creamy. It is traditionally flavored with cinnamon and raisins, though you can make a plain version if you like. Arroz con leche can be served chilled, room temperature or even warm. You can freeze individual servings and thaw them out when you are ready to serve them.