Colombian cuisine is known for its rich flavors and diverse ingredients, and its desserts are no exception. From tropical fruits to indulgent caramel, Colombian desserts offer a delightful journey for your taste buds.
In this blog, we’ll take you through a collection of simple yet delectable Colombian dessert recipes that you can easily recreate in the comfort of your home. The ingredients listed can easily be obtained by conducting an online search for Bakery near me. Whether you’re a seasoned baker or a novice in the kitchen, these recipes are designed to bring a piece of Colombia to your table.
1. Arequipe (Colombian Caramel) Flan
- 1 cup arequipe (Colombian caramel)
- 4 eggs
- 1 can condensed milk
- 1 can evaporated milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
- In a blender, combine the eggs, condensed milk, evaporated milk, and vanilla extract. Blend until smooth.
- In a saucepan, gently heat the arequipe until it becomes more liquid.
- Pour the arequipe into the bottom of a flan mold, spreading it evenly.
- Carefully pour the blended mixture over the arequipe layer.
- Place the flan mold into a larger baking dish. Fill the larger dish with water until it reaches halfway up the sides of the flan mold (this creates a water bath).
- Bake in the preheated oven for about 50-60 minutes or until the flan is set.
- Allow the flan to cool, then refrigerate for a few hours before serving.
2. Postre de Natas (Creamy Colombian Dessert)
- 4 cups heavy cream
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Cinnamon powder for garnish
- In a saucepan, combine the heavy cream and sugar. Heat over medium-low heat, stirring constantly until the sugar dissolves.
- Simmer the mixture for about 40-45 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it thickens and turns a caramel color.
- Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
- Allow the mixture to cool, then refrigerate for a few hours or until completely chilled.
- Once chilled, whip the mixture until it becomes fluffy and creamy.
- Serve in individual bowls, dusted with a sprinkle of cinnamon powder.
3. Cocadas (Coconut Candies)
- 3 cups grated coconut
- 1 cup sugar
- ½ cup water
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- In a saucepan, combine the sugar, water, vanilla extract, and salt. Heat over medium heat, stirring until the sugar dissolves.
- Add the grated coconut to the sugar mixture and continue cooking, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens and starts to come away from the sides of the pan.
- Remove from heat and let the mixture cool slightly.
- Using your hands or a spoon, shape the mixture into small rounds or bars.
- Place the shaped cocadas on a parchment-lined tray and allow them to cool and set.
4. Bocadillo con Queso (Guava Paste with Cheese)
- Bocadillo (guava paste)
- Queso fresco (fresh white cheese)
- Cut the bocadillo into thin slices.
- Cut the queso fresco into slices or cubes.
- Serve the bocadillo slices alongside the queso fresco for a sweet and salty flavor combination.
Conclusion: Embrace the Sweetness of Colombia
Colombian desserts reflect the country’s vibrant culture and diverse ingredients. These simple recipes allow you to create authentic Colombian sweets in your own kitchen, whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply satisfying your sweet tooth. From the rich flavors of arequipe flan to the comforting creaminess of postre de natas, and the tropical goodness of cocadas, each dessert tells a unique story that connects you to the heart of Colombia’s culinary heritage. So, gather your ingredients, follow these easy steps, and savor the sweet delights that Colombian desserts have to offer.