Peru’s delicious desserts

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Monday May 15, 2017 - Posted by to Peru Culture, Peruvian Food
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Peru’s delicous desserts

Before coming to Peru, I didn’t know much about Cusco and Peru other than Machu Picchu and a few other famous tourist destinations such as Lima, Nazca, Cusco…But  I definitely hadn’t heard of the booming Peruvian cuisine and of the incredible tasteful Peruvian desserts. To me, Peruvian kitchen was just rice, chicken and beans.  Shame on me. Now, after a few weeks in Peru learning Spanish in Cusco and living with a host family, I know better.  Peruvian cuisine is amazing and the country is full of great ‘postres’: Picarones, Mazamorra Morada with Arroz con Leche, and Champú de Guanabana,  just to name a few.

My personal favorite: Picarones

My personal favorite (at the moment) are the picarones. This sweet ring-shaped dessert (kind of  doughnut-like but crispy) is made of wheat flour mixed with squash and sweet potato. The dough is fried and sprinkled with a sweet syrup made of chancaca (a concentrate form of light molasses).

Peru delicious desserts

 

Trying this dessert I noticed that the two individual elements are not tasty. So eating the picaron without the syrup is just plain boring. The same goes for the syrup only.  But combining both makes the picaron one of my favorite Peruvian desserts. If you happen to be in Cusco, the best place for trying picarones is one of the most famous “picanterias”. There is a very nice one at the corner of the Calle Ruinas con Avenda Tullumayo.

Peru delicious desserts

 

 

Mazamorra Morrada and Arroz con Leche

Another one of my favorite Peruvian desserts is Mazamorra Morrada with Arroz con Leche. These two are sold both separately and combined, but I think a mixture of both of them is more delicious. Mazamorra is a red, corn based, fruity porridge or pudding.  It’s made from purple corn and fruit, thickened with potato flour and spice with cinnamon and/or cloves. Arroz con Leche is rice cooked in milk with sugar and  – again – cinnamon. People in Peru love it and I noticed that in Cusco it is hard to get around this dessert. Many restaurants have the mazamorra morada on their menu’s and even more people are selling it in the streets. This dessert can be eaten cold or hot. I prefer the hot version. It is a nice way to warm up in the sometimes cold Cusco. If you want to prepare it at home, here is a good recipe of arroz con leche.

Peru’s delicious desserts

 

Finally, “Champú the Guanabana” is a hot, fruity, partially liquid dessert or snack. It is made with brown sugar and cornmeal accompanied by whatever fruit you’d like. Usually it comes with orange, pineapple and guanàbana. Champú originates from Lima and the recipe has been passed down from generation to generation. For me it makes a good snack during the day, not so much a dessert.  Here you can find how to prepare the Chapu the Guanabana.

Peru delicious desserts

 

Coming to Peru to learn Spanish in Cusco and to enjoy this beautiful country, will make you discover more of Peru’s delicious desserts. They are everywhere! Do you have other favorite ones? Let me know please!

 

 

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