Posted on: 21 April 2021
If you're like most people, by the time you're done eating your meal at a Mexican restaurant, you don't have much room left for dessert. Next time you visit, though, it may be worth saving part of your meal and making sure you leave room for something sweet. Mexican desserts are unique, delicious, and well worth ordering. Here are a few of the ones you'll see most often.
Tres Leches Cake
"Tres leches" means three milks. This is a sweet and delicious cake made with sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, and cream. It has a rich, dense texture, and many describe it as tasting of whipped cream. Typically, it is served topped with berries — and sometimes another dollop of whipped cream on top. Tres leches cake is a popular item on restaurant dessert menus because it is easy to make in large batches in large sheet pans. It's a good choice if you're craving something sweet that's not chocolate.
A sopaipilla is basically a fried, Mexican version of a donut. The dough itself is typically made with masa harina, a type of ground corn, which gives it a hearty texture. Sopaipillas are sometimes filled with fruit or chocolate before being fried and then tossed in cinnamon sugar. At Mexican restaurants, they're usually served in a basket and meant to be shared among those at the table.
Flan is a rich, sweet egg custard that has become a staple of Mexican dessert menus. Traditionally, the custard is topped with a layer of creamy caramel, or dulce de leche. Flan has a unique texture that some people do not find appealing. However, if you typically like puddings and custards, you're almost certain to love this dessert, too. It's delicious alongside a glass of milk.
Capirotada is a Mexican version of bread pudding. It's made from torn pieces of bread, a cinnamon-sugar mixture, and currents or dried fruit. What makes it really unique, though, is the inclusion of shredded cheese. Usually, queso anejo is used, but Monterey Jack is sometimes used in the United States. Traditionally, capirotada is enjoyed during Lent, so you're more likely to see it on menus in the springtime.
If you see any of the above desserts on a menu at a Mexican restaurant, definitely order them. If you're too full to enjoy a full dessert, share one with your dining partner. Mexican desserts are a fun way to expand your palate. Contact a Mexican restaurant for more information about their Mexican food choices.Share