As soon as the spring chill is gone, I'm thinking of outdoor dining and Mexican food. I love sitting outside eating chips and dip while sipping my frozen margarita. (No salt, please.) I guess I'm not the only one who thinks this way, because it hasn't been that long that the biggest U.S. Mexican food holiday began being celebrated annually on May 5th. Cinco de Mayo is not, as some may have thought, Mexican Independence Day, which is actually the 16th of September. It is a holiday celebrating of the Mexican militia over the French Army in the battle of Puebla in 1862.
Whether you're celebrating Cinco de Mayo or the lovely warm weather that comes with it, here are several tasty Mexican desserts to serve with your Mexican food.
Arroz con Leche
a.k.a. Rice Pudding. I will admit I was not a big "rice pudding" fan until I tasted the Arroz Con Leche made by my daughter. It was creamy and flavorful. You can enjoy it too with this recipe.
Arroz Con Leche Recipe
These are Mexican cookies that can be cut into any shape. The diamond shape is typically served at weddings. It's also very typical to cut them with a Fleur De Lis shaped cookie cutter. You'll see that mine are cut into cactus and chili pepper shapes.
It seems as every ethnicity has a sweetened fried dough recipe. Chirros are fried strips of dough sprinkled with sugar. Cinnamon maybe used as well.
This recipe for Flan Cake is an ooey-gooey version of a caramel cake. I love that it's baked into one of my favorite cake pans - yes, it's baked in a Bundt® Cake Pan!
Flan Cake Recipe
Mexican Wedding Cookies
You've seen them in your grocery store. Sometimes you'll see them called Danish Wedding Cookies. Think of them as nutted-shortcake balls rolled into powdered sugar.
Mexican Wedding Cookies Recipe
These are the first Mexican restaurant dessert I ever had. They are fried dough, usually in a triangle or diamond shape, drizzled in honey and sometimes chocolate syrup too. Many restaurants will also serve them on a platter with a heaping mound of whipped cream.
Tres Leches Cake
The name of this Mexican dessert treat is literally translated as "Three Milks Cake". Yes, you guessed it there are three milks in this really moist cake.
Tres Leche Cake Recipe
Want more than Mexican sweets? You must visit About.com's site for Mexican Food, which is where I get my regular Mexican food recipes.
Traveling to Mexico? Be sure to check-out the Mexico Travel on About.com first.