May 22, 2020

It's Latin America Week!


It's Week 7 of The Great Social Distance Bake Off!

When I started this challenge, my plan was for it to go on for 10 weeks, the typical length of a season of The Great British Bake Off. I honestly thought we might all be close to resuming our normal lives by that time but that isn't looking likely. Whether I keep this going beyond 10 weeks or not is still up in the air but one thing is for sure - the next few weeks are meant to challenge you a bit more than previous weeks!

This week is Latin America Week!

Whether your only familiarity with a Latin American dessert is a churro or you grew up eating arroz con leche, this week you're to take on desserts from two different countries in Latin America.

I grew up in a pretty typical Latin American household - Dominican mom, Cuban dad - but as an adult, the only Latin cooking I do is when I make rice and beans so this is definitely going to get me out of my baking comfort zone as I take on some of my favorite childhood recipes!

This week, I made pasteles de guayaba, guava pastries! I grew up eating these and thought they would be so much more complicated than they were but with only 3 ingredients (puff pastry, cream cheese, and guava paste), they came together in about 10 minutes before I put them in the oven and they taste just as good as I remember them! I used a recipe from My Big Fat Cuban Family but added an egg wash so that the pastries would brown nicely.

If you need some ideas, I've included some links below to lists of Latin American desserts and my favorite food bloggers with some good Latin American recipes!
On your mark, get set, bake!

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