Puff Pastry – Orejas and Abanicos

Puff Pastry – Orejas and Abanicos

In Mexico, these sweet confections are called orejas and abanicos, which translate literally as  "ears" and "fans" from Spanish.  As many sweet breads, they came from Europe, and although some recipes have changed to adapt to Mexican ingredients and taste, in this case, the basic recipe is practically identical everywhere, requiring only two ingredients: puff pastry (pasta de hojaldre), and sugar ... click on title for more 

The Mexican Bisquet II – Classic Recipe

The Mexican Bisquet II – Classic Recipe

In one of my early posts, I followed the very interesting route of the bisquet, the Mexican version of the American biscuit (scone-type pastry), from its origins on the railroad trails in the US and Northern Mexico, to its travels south to Mexico City, brought by Chinese immigrants turned cooks. That time, I shared my own version of a low fat, quick dough bisquet with no yeast, but since I had a frothy and rich cup of café con leche (coffee with milk) from my last post, this time I decided to give the traditional recipe for bisquets a try ... click on title for more

Banana Bread – A Souvenir from Nayarit

Banana Bread – A Souvenir from Nayarit

There are certain edible products, especially sweets, which have become iconic as souvenirs when visiting some locations, for example, Canadian maple syrup, or Swiss milk chocolate; in Mexico, cocadas (coconut sweets) from Acapulco, Guerrero, or Tequila from, well, Tequila, Jalisco, are sovereign.  In San Blas, Nayarit, eating Zarandeado grilled fish goes along with bringing home a loaf of pan de plátano - banana bread. I remember the classic San Blas banana bread as extra sweet and somewhat heavy, with a very strong banana flavour, evidently from a high fruit content. My recipe is a much lighter version ... click on title for more