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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 -- ...

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 ...

Coconetes (Coconut biscuits)

Coconetes (rustic coconut cookies) 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 ...

Caramelized onion tart

Let me tell you a story of friendship and the internet, while we share a slice of this rustic caramelized onion tart with cheese crust. For the story of how I came to share it with you has more to do with the internet than you can imagine. Back in the early 90s I got connected ...

Whole wheat banana pancakes

I'm sitting in one of the many waiting rooms in which modern humans waste a considerable amount of their lives. A worn-out National Geographic I found there keeps me company. I wonder what kind of germs reside between its pages, but I soon push the thought aside, as other things occupy my mind: How much longer ...

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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 ...

Cheddar rolls

Sit down, let's have a coffee and a delicious cheddar cheese bread roll. I have something to tell you: You my dear reader might not know it, but I was once unfaithful to you. Up until a few months ago I kept another blog titled "The Home in Paradise", which chronicled my adventures - and occasional misadventures - ...

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 ...

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 ...

Pizzetta para la merienda

A couple decades ago, during the years of my ill-spent youth, I could have never thought I would one day call myself a mother first and above all. The idea that parenthood could define a person seemed foreign to me. Oh, how times change! And many a childless person will roll their eyes at me, and ...

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 ...

Empanadas de cerdo y manzana (pork and apple pasties)

'Tis the season. For this challenge our sponsor Holland House chose a theme that had me scratching my head and wondering how I was going to meet it: A light Thanksgiving dish with at least a hint of Dominican flavors. I have to say that it took me much longer to come up with something than it took me to actually ...

Leavened coconut bread (Pan de coco levado)

A little ago I re-posted the recipe for pan de coco, the obscure recipe we dug up in some corner of Samana. While making the bread I wondered if I could try it with yeast as opposed to the baking soda in the original. As soon as it occurred to me I started my test. I ...

Pan de coco (Coconut bread)

Years ago, when Aunt Ilana travelled to Samaná so often that she was practically a resident, she came back from one of her trips with a culinary discovery. Starting now read this post in your head in the voice of Sir David Attenborough, go ahead, it's very amusing. Aunt Ilana's great discovery? Pan de coco (coconut ...

Tortilla de huevos (Dominican tortilla)

What's in a name? For a a lot of people around the globe, especially for those that do not speak Spanish, tortillas are the corn-based thin flatbread that the Mexicans have popularized the world over. For Spanish speakers tortilla is also the thick Spanish omelette containing potatoes and other ingredients. Many of us Dominicans grew up ...

Pastry cream for Dominican cake

Sometimes I think we should change the name of our site to Dominican Cake and Other Recipes. A good percentage of the people who come to our site do it because they are searching for this recipe, this recipe generates more questions than any other, and it's the one that seems to give most people the ...

Pan de agua (Breakfast bread rolls)

Why do I even have this recipe in our  blog? I am not sure. After all, Dominicans don't make pan de agua (greakfast bread rolls) at home. We buy it in colmados (corner stores) and supermarkets. I guess it has something to do with all the requests I got for it over the years. It must be ...

Croquetas de pollo (Chicken croquettes)

Regardless of the origin of this dish it has been adopted by Dominicans as another often-found dish in our picadera platter. There are many variations of this dish depending on which ingredients you are using. Here we present you with the most common one in the Dominican Rep. and give you suggestions on what other variations ...

Mantecaditos (Butter Cookies)

There are two things that we Dominicans love after a good lunch: a cafecito and a dulcito (a little coffee, and a little sweet). Yeah, we are just as fond of diminutives. Full dessert is OK, but it's not exactly our custom. A few bites and a cup of our insanely sweet coffee just does the ...

Cocadas (Flourless coconut cupcakes)

Making Cocadas (Flourless Coconut Cupcakes) may be easy for you, but not everyone has the same talent for cooking. Coming to Santo Domingo with limited or no Spanish can sometimes make living difficult and confusing, but never impossible. Since arriving, my family and I have found the people to be good-humored and patient when trying to ...

Deditos de Novia (Sugar-Coated Guava Biscuits)

It always seems intimidating in the beginning, then you try it, and more often than not you find out that your fears were unfounded. This applies to making Deditos de Novia (Sugar-Coated Guava Biscuits) as well as a number of other things in life. There's only one way to find out if you can: Try it. We ...

Tres leches recipe (Dominican three-milk cake)

There are a couple of bakeries in Santo Domingo famous for their tres leches (three-milk cake). Each version is slightly different, especially their textures and sweetness levels. There are many theories on the origin of tres leches cake; whatever it might be the fact is that it has become part of our vernacular cuisine and one ...

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Volumes can be written about bizcocho dominicano (Dominican cake), and have in fact already been written (check the comments!). This cake seems to be the ultimate test for the expert Dominican cook, and however daunting, and confusing the instructions might look to the novice cook, let me assure you, if you follow the instructions carefully ...

Yaniqueques (Fried crunchy tortillas)

What is a yaniqueque, and where did it come from? You know what? there seems to be a lot of theories and quite the disagreement. One popular theory is that it came from the British West Indies and it is a corruption of the name Johnny Cakes, a dish with which it shares very little in ...

Empanaditas / Pastelitos (Savory turnovers)

A party’s not a party without a picadera – I may or may not have that printed on a t-shirt. Seriously. My experience with picadera in the DR is that you have to be pretty forceful to get any. If it’s a table laid out with food, you want to elbow your way in there, because, ...