Every cuisine has its own, traditional desserts. In Greece, they have baklava. In the United States, it's all about apple pie. But what about Mexican cuisine? What classic desserts would you want to try at the average Mexican restaurant? Take a look at some top options.
Flan is a custard-based dessert that is smooth and creamy. It's topped with a caramel sauce that has hints of brown sugar. Some versions are topped with fresh fruit or a fruit-based sauce. Flan is a great choice after a filling meal since it's usually served in a small size and isn't overly filling. It does contain eggs and dairy, so it is not appropriate for vegans.
Tres Leches Cake
Tres leches cake is likely the most common cake in Mexico, and it's pretty easy to find in Mexican restaurants outside of Mexico. It starts as a fairly basic white cake in a sheet pan. Then, after it is cooked, the baker pokes holes in the cake and pours three kinds of milk over it: sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, and heavy cream. The milk soaks through the cake and makes it deliciously moist. Most versions are frosted and served with either a cherry or raspberry on top.
You might think of brownies as an American dessert, but they're fairly popular in Mexico, too. If you see brownies on the menu at a Mexican restaurant, however, you can expect something a bit different from what you'd bake out of a boxed mix. Mexican brownies are usually flavored with cinnamon and cayenne pepper. These two spices give them a unique punch, and they really elevate the chocolate flavor.
There are two versions of churros: the Spanish version and the Mexican version. In Spain, churros aren't overly sweet, and they are served with a thin, chocolate dipping sauce. Mexican churros are thicker, heartier, and coated in cinnamon sugar. They are also served with a chocolate sauce, but it is thicker and more like fudge. This is a great dessert to share with the table. Most restaurants will give you a pretty big stack of churros, so everyone can have one or two.
The next time you visit a Mexican restaurant, try one of these desserts. Or, you can try two or three of them! Life is short, and sometimes what you need is two or three Mexican desserts in the same meal. Enjoy!