Costa Rica is known for its excellent cuisineand desserts are highlighted in the selection of all tastes.
Here we present to you some of the most delicious sweet dishes from the Land of Pure Life.
1. Rice pudding
A well-known dish made from rice, sweetened with cinnamon and raisins. He always appears at family celebrations or community gatherings.
Preperation: Typically, 3 cups of rice is cooked to burst. 3 cups of water and 3 cups of liquid milk are boiled, where the rice will be put. Cinnamon, jamaican, cloves are added and some use fig leaves. When the mixture is almost smooth, add another half cup of liquid milk with the raisins, then the evaporated milk, the sugar and finally the condensed milk and powdered milk to taste. They also use eggnog.
2. Cold empanadas
It is perhaps the most traditional confectionery, having a star presence at Easter, but it is also consumed throughout the year.
Preperation: place 2 knobs of butter with 1 small box of sweet cream and whisk. Then add 3 cups of flour and 2 tablespoons of cinnamon. Stir well with your hands and form circles to prepare the empanadas. Place a little chiverre honey in the center of each circle and close well. Grease a tray, place the empanadas and bake until golden brown.
This crispy and sweet dessert was common in the kitchens of our grandmothers, but it ceased to be made so constantly. We continue to buy it on the North Interamerican Highway.
Preperation: Sift 3 cups of flour with a pinch of salt. Add an egg and beat. Add water to form a paste. Make small balls and place them in a bowl. Cover with plastic or aluminum foil and refrigerate for 1 hour. Take out of the refrigerator and stretch each ball using a spool. You can fold them up or lay them flat like tortillas.
Fry each prestiño in very hot oil. When they are golden, remove them from the pan and drain them. Serve with honey, pancake syrup or a special honey made with white and brown sugar, water, salt, cinnamon or maple flavoring.
It’s more usual with coffee, but a little on its own can also be perfect after lunch. A taste of our land!
Preperation: mix together 2 cups fresh corn, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/4 cup flour, 2 eggs, 2 tbsp butter, 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 tsp vanilla, oil or butter, all in a blender and blend until coarse. Fry in oil or tortillas forming butter. Serve hot with cream cheese or custard on top.
5. Coconut Cajetas
A perfect recipe to make with the family or with your grandchildren one afternoon. You will share and have a delicious dessert.
Preperation: in a heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat 250 grams of butter, 2 cans of condensed milk and 2 cups of grated coconut. Stir everything and let brown. Remove from heat and add 15 crumbled dry crackers (Maria). Return it to the heat and continue to stir until it pulls away from the bottom and is the desired thickness. Shape into balls, line them with grated coconut and place them on paper.
The delicious invention that came out of Puntarenas is one of the most traditional in the whole country. But it is not enough to go to the Pearl of the Pacific to savor it. Although it doesn’t have the same feeling of enjoying it by the Pacific Ocean on Paseo de los Turistas, we can still take it home.
Preperation: grate ice and add syrup, condensed milk, powdered milk, ice cream and waffles to taste.