Camotes de Puebla- Traditional Sweet Potato Treats

Camotes de Puebla- Traditional Sweet Potato Treats

The Mexican state of Puebla has one of the richest cuisines in the country, recognized for iconic dishes such as mole Poblano (Puebla Style red mole), or chiles en nogada (stuffed poblano peppers in walnut sauce), particularly popular during the month of September, to commemorate Mexico's Independence.  There are also many sweet preparations, and the traditional treat to bring back home after a visit to Puebla, is a box of flavoured sweet potato treats ... 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

Classic Mocha Slab Cake

Classic Mocha Slab Cake

Viennese style pastries have always been popular in Mexico, and when I was a kid, mocha buttercream torte (pastel vienés de moka) was a classic item to find on the menu at restaurants and tea parlors. Slices from round or slab mocha cakes were tempting treats to enjoy with a cup of coffee (or a glass of milk in my case). I have construed my homemade version of this Classic Mocha Slab Cake with two layers of coffee-flavoured chocolate cake, and a rich coffee and cocoa buttercream filling and icing. The cake is finished with chocolate shavings … click on title for more