Cuban desserts are some of the most incredible sweet treats you’ll ever have and come in so many different varieties
Cuban desserts are some of the best you’ll ever try, with an incredible variety of textures, flavors, and aromas that will make your mouth water. There are some classics that are a must-have if you’ve never tried them and others that may be better suited to a more advanced palette. Either way, here are some incredible desserts to take care of your sugar fix:
The ever classic flan
Flan is the most recognizable of Cuban desserts anyone could ever have. In fact, it’s become the official dessert of Miami of how quintessential it is to the Latino community here, with each culture bringing its own twist to this classic. Cuban flan is simple, non-fussy, and uses the freshest ingredients to give you a run for your money. Soft yet not overly sweet, it’s often topped with a burnt caramel sauce, sometimes whipped cream, and other times fruit.
Fresh, hot churros
Churros have gotten pretty popular over the years but remain a staple for many Cuban celebrations. These delicious, bready Cuban desserts come in the form of soft-on-the-inside and crispy-on-the-outside dough coated with cinnamon and sugar and often dipped in a rich, hot chocolate sauce. You can make them on your own, or head to a local eatery to try some.
Airy, crumbly pastelitos
Nothing beats a classic Cuban pastry known as a pastelito. These deliciously airy, crumbly pastries come with different fillings but may commonly use guavas, mangoes, cream cheese, or any variety of fruit. It’s amazing how something so simple could be so magnificent, yet here we are with these delectable desserts.
Not to be mistaken with the yummy coffee-based drink, capuchinos are small, corn-based conical cakes that have a rich yet simple flavor and texture. They’re dipped in sweet sugar-based syrup and are made of other staples, including cornflour and eggs. You can make them at home quite easily or stroll along with Little Havana and check out dessert shops and restaurants that may serve these bite-sized beauties.
Hearty and filling Arroz con Leche
Arroz con Leche is another classic that you’re bound to find at many Latino dinner tables. This sticky-sweet rice-based pudding feels like home to anyone who tries it. Made using a rich rice and milk base, it’s often topped with cinnamon and has that perfect, spicy warmth anyone would die for. It’s great for colder months, but you can have it pretty much any time of year.
Sweet and yummy tres leches
Last but not least of the Cuban desserts, we have the ultimate blend of sweetness and texture: the supreme tres leches. This one is made using three different types of milk, including evaporated milk, condensed milk, and thick, heavy cream, this is a dessert that was sent from the heavens. The light, spongy base pairs exceptionally well with the rich, sticky sweetness of the condensed milk and the light airiness of the cream. Yum!
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