Fresh Corn Squares

Fresh Corn Squares

In Mexico, the word maíz refers to the grain, so a bread made with nixtamalized corn flour (masa harina) or cornmeal, would be called pan de maíz.  On the other hand, elote is the name used for fresh corn, either on the cob, or the corn kernels (granos de elote); some dishes made with fresh corn that come to mind are: fresh corn cake (pastel de elote), fresh corn bread (pan de elote), and fresh corn tamale (tamal de elote), to name just a few. My favourite fresh corn bread is a sweet rendition, so moist and creamy from the fresh corn kernels, that tastes almost custardy; the original recipe has no flour, but because fresh corn in Canada generally has a lower starch content compared to Mexican corn, I added some corn starch to prevent crumbling, and, as a bonus, the recipe remains gluten-free ... click on title for more

A Sweet Flashback – Chocoflan

A Sweet Flashback – Chocoflan

I shared this recipe exactly a year ago, during the first COVID19 lockdown in Canada, when we all had a sudden time surplus at home, and many took as an opportunity to bake.  Currently Canada is going through its third (and worst) COVID19 wave, registering record daily numbers of new cases, particularly in intensive care units.  As a result, more restrictions on shopping, gathering and travelling are likely to become precepts in several provinces as of this weekend; I thought re-posting this recipe might provide some distraction and solace, and another chance to bake this interesting dessert while isolating at home … click on title for more

Wafer Chocolate Bars – Tin Larín Style

Wafer Chocolate Bars – Tin Larín Style

Chocolate bars with one or more wafer/biscuit layers are very popular all around the World. Tin Larín is a Mexican wafer sandwich with peanut-flavoured filling and covered with milk chocolate; when I realized it now tasted artificial and too sugary, with hardly a trace of peanut flavour, I decided to make my own at home ... click on title for more