Desserts & Drinks

Empanaditas dulces (Fruit jam turnovers)

You would think that because I post recipes for desserts so frequently it must mean that I have a sweet tooth. The answer to that is yes... and no. Not to confuse you or anything (I'll let my grammar do that), but the truth is, savory is my thing. Sure, I do love a good dessert -- ...

Avena Caliente (Oatmeal and Milk Hot Drink)

The best part of keeping this blog, and having it become the de facto digital Dominican kitchen, is that we get to show you recipes that may not longer be as popular in the Dominican homes, but that definitely deserve a revival. They deserve to be shown to the world, and adopted for the wonderful ...

Coconut rice pudding brûlée

In most countries of the world March 8th is marked as International Women's Day. A day to celebrate women, and particularly for some of us, the ones that have influenced us. What better dish to treat with you than an adaptation of my mom's classic arroz con leche? I have added coconut to my mom's rice ...

Passion fruit cheesecake

Let me tell you something, this is one of my favorite recipes of all time. I'm not exaggerating even a little bit. I've tried and enjoyed about a dozen versions of passion fruit cheesecake, each great, but I wanted to make my own version, with the touches I love. This is the result. I made it three ...

Guava and ricotta cheese pie

One thing I am very proud of our country is the devotion Dominicans have for their traditional cuisine. No matter our economic status, comfort food is always Dominican food to us. But Dominicans are opening their palate to new things, and the internet has played a part in it. When we started this project of writing ...

Vegan pumpkin eggnog

So I have an obsession with veganizing (is that a real word?) traditional recipes. I have gone through a few now, and they are always well-received amongst my vegan readers. Of course I love them myself, as I prefer to eat as close to vegetarian as I can, with the occasional indulgence. For very loose definitions ...

Spiced winter coffee

If there is any clear division in the world it has to be between tea and coffee drinkers. The (feigned) animosity between the two groups is stronger than between any two political parties, sport teams and neighboring countries. I have my feet firmly planted on the dividing line. Coffee is my first love, tea my refuge. After ...

pineapple-coconut-tarts

Yay, another mini-dessert! This isn't the first mini-dessert that I post, or the first mini-tart either. I am a little obsessed with bite-sized desserts, they look dainty, refined. But they are also a guilt-free way to have that little bit of sweet in our lives. And I absolutely loved these. What's not to love in these puffy ...

Tres leches coffee liqueur shots

You take one look at these refined Kahlúa Tres Leche Shots and you know you want to dig in. Tres leches (three-milk) cakes are a Latin favorite. A spongy cake soaked in sweet milk sauce, topped with whipped cream. It’s the kind of dessert one never says no to, whatever the consequences. Now, imagine a bite of ...

Coffee and vanilla eggnog

Back in August a person I follow on Instagram posted some pictures of a chain store that was already selling Christmas ornaments. This is my excuse for posting a recipe of a coffee and vanilla eggnog in November. To us Dominicans ponche (eggnog) signals the beginning of the holiday season. And if stores start selling ornaments ...

Arepa (Dominican cornmeal and coconut cake)

Dominican arepa is a cornmeal and coconut cake, traditionally prepared in an iron pot on top of red-hot coal. A metal lid is placed on the pot, then more coal is put on the lid. This led to the expression "como la arepa: fuego por arriba y fuego por abajo" (like an arepa, fire underneath, fire ...

Coconetes (Coconut biscuits)

Coconetes are very popular in the Dominican Republic. You can walk to any colmado (corner store) and you will in all likelihood find them. The reason I have called them rustic coconut cookies is because they have a rustic texture, a little bit on the dry side. That doesn't mean that they aren't full of flavor, after ...

Peanut and fruit bar

Sometimes I crave something sweet when out and about. Unfortunately there aren't many good choices on the supermarket aisles - not every energy or granola bar is the same. I'm always looking for good alternatives, preferably homemade, because the commercial ones are either cloyingly sweet, or taste like sawdust. I love nuts (hey, you are what ...

Suspiritos (meringue kisses)

Our baby turns 12 this month. It's hard to believe it, isn't it? Time flies so fast. Oh, wait, I am not talking about my daughter, I am talking about our blog(s).  Yeah, it's been 12 years, and I can hardly believe it! I had no idea what I was getting myself into, or that I'd ...

Sangria, mojito and piña colada popsicles

I am back home, can you tell? I complained for weeks about the cold weather, and now I am home complaining about the heat and humidity.  So I turned to our beloved paletas to combat the heat, this time inspired by famous drinks from 3 of my favorite countries. Wouldn't you love some sangria, mojito and piña ...

Sugar and flour-free oatmeal and nuts breakfast muffins

I must tell you that my daughter and I have a bit of an obsession with these oatmeal and nut breakfast muffins. It's never too early to teach kids to love good, healthy food, and to instill in them the love for cooking. With some assistance (with the oven part) my 7-year old was capable of ...

morirsonandoicecream

A few weeks back in a conversation with some fellow bloggers I mentioned that eventually I might run out of Dominican dishes to write about. Oops. Hit the panic button! Not really. I have four words for you: morir soñando ice cream. In 12 years doing this I have gone through about a little over a half of ...

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I have been receiving requests to add this recipe for a long time, years in fact. I have to say that it isn't just procrastination that has caused this, if you know me well, you know that I am not a big fan of fried foods. As a food blogger that documents a lot of our ...

Carrot, ginger and coconut cake

A bunch of years ago, about 10, I think, I was a regular in a news and travel website about the Dominican Republic. Through the forum I got in touch with somebody who also lived in Santo Domingo and who, coincidentally, picked up her groceries every week at a business very close to where I ...

Mandarine-infused cakes

How has the year treated you so far? For me last year was a year of professional growth, and some personal challenges. I saw some more of our beloved country, met new people,  networked with some awesome colleagues, got a lot of new clients. In all, the balance was good, and it seems like this year will ...

Apple and ginger pie

If nostalgia were a disease, I would be immune to it. I have yet to remember any time in which the past seemed like a place I wanted to go back to. I live by the philosophy that  if we spend our lives yearning for the times gone we won't find the energy to make our present the best ...

Pan de batata (Sweet potatoes pudding)

About ten years ago I was in Denmark, where my husband hails from, spending the holiday season with his family. With a full schedule of eating and more eating ahead, I had the "brilliant" idea of treating everybody to an "authentic" traditional Dominican pre-Xmas Xmas meal on the 23rd, including a delicious pan de batata (sweet potato cake) for ...

Mini-tart shells

In an a recent interview for a magazine I was posed a question: "Where do you get your recipes?". I'm not going to reproduce my answer (the interview hasn't been published yet), but this recipe is perfect for exploring some of it. Inspiration sometimes comes from odd places. But let me mention that these mini-tart shells (tarticos in the DR) are a ...

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Quick, before the last strawberry is gone from the shelves! This delicious, and unusual dessert is made from the two crops for which the Constanza region is best known: strawberries and potatoes. The idea came after an email asking if I had any "gluten-free" recipes inspired me to make one that was entirely free of wheat. Gluten-free, ...

Paleta de morir soñando de chinola (Milk and passion fruit popsicle)

September arrived and I breathed a sigh of relief. For a moment there I could feel its absence. I was looking forward to its departure, and excited about its replacement. But then, like a bad guest, it decided to stay a "little" longer. And here we are in mid-september and it hasn't left us. Go away, ...

Ponche de frutas (fruit punch)

In an introduction to Dominican party food for our book, Jill Wyatt wrote: "Just as a child's birthday cannot be appropriately celebrated without a sugary fruit punch in which banana slices are set adrift, it appeared that mourners could not properly grieve, nor could merrymakers effectively make themselves so, without some alimentary offering". Jill has a talent for capturing the small but ...

Paleta de batata (Sweet potato popsicles)

In my head paleta de batata (sweet potato popsicles) and summer are indelebly connected. When I was a kid I spent many a summer in the Santo Domingo neighborhood of San Carlos, where one of my aunts lived. Back then it was the kind of old-fashioned middle class neighborhood you see in movies depicting the Spanish ...

Raisins butter cookies

Welcome to our new front page. No, you didn't accidentally click on the wrong link. We have changed a few things around (and will do some more). I am in the process of simplifying a lot of things in our blogs and of rethinking others. I must. I need to. Summer break always means having to readjust ...

Dragon fruit in ginger syrup

Unless you have travelled or lived in Central America, you will probably have never heard of the pitahaya, also known as 'pitaya' or 'dragon fruit'. It is widely cultivated in countries such as Nicaragua where it is mainly used in making a popular natural juice with a distinctive beetroot-pink colour. It is also grown in other ...

Strawberry and yogurt popsicles and ice cream

Coming from a coastal town in an area defined as "Tropical Desert Forest" my first visit to Constanza in my early teens  came as a real shock. Geographically and climate-wise you would have a hard time finding two places so different and still located on the same small island. To my 13 (or 12?, can't remember) ...

Cherry, honey and rum cake

Valentines Day is approaching, as the media keeps on relentlessly reminding me. I've also been told that my husband can apparently only prove his love by showering me with gifts of flowers, perfumes, sparkly stones and other mostly-useless objects. But we are an odd couple, we are. In the 15 years or so that we've been ...

Dulce de coco (Coconut and milk fudge)

One too many dulce de coco (coconut fudge) later: "These extra pounds have to go!" I exclaim looking at myself in the mirror. Normally this would not be much of a problem if it wasn't because I was in the middle of the holidays. Ah, the holidays. Time to overeat, overindulge, and find excuses. Not that ...

Christmas butter cookies

I always wondered how the parents' occupations influence their kids future career choices. In my case my own parents' choices (teacher/principal and accountant) are what I call my "nightmare careers". Trust me, I know the world needs accountants and, even more, it needs teachers, but I have neither the talent nor the inclination for these. It ...