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What a cool idea! Here are Mexican desserts from Food52:
What about a Tres Leches cake?
I second tres leches cake. I love it, but don't see a recipe here. I did find a flan recipe that looks fantastic, and if you wanted, you could sub out the cardmaom (which I don't think is particularly mexican) for a bit of cinnamon and vanilla.
Tres Leches: You could leave out the gran marnier or sub with 1 T of vanilla--which is what I would do, I think
How about Fruit Enchiladas? You put pie filling in tortillas and roll like enchiladas and soak in butter and sugar. Can give you the recipe if you like.
Thank you for the suggestions. I am leaning toward a chocolate ancho chili cupcake with Choc buttercream w/coffee or the chocolate Patron liqueur and I might do the Tres Leches cake and incorporate coconut milk or coconut rum. I may try these out before the party and see what I think.
patty, the dishes you mentioned sound excellent. Do you know about Mexican Wedding Cookies? Those would be a natural.
Chops is a trusted home cook.
choclolate churros or tamales, yum!
Here is a cute idea for a candy buffet which is simple, fun and different
I also found a link to Cinco De Mayo themed party ideas with fun games, food, favors and ideas
I second the Mexican Wedding cookies idea! They are delicious and you could mound them up on decorative platters or put them in little baggies as favors.
Also, with the two rich cakes, how about a spicy fruit salad to cut the richness and offer a lighter choice? I had the most wonderful fruit salad with chili powder and lime juice on a recent trip to Mexico, freshly prepared in a cart alongside the road. Here is a recipe: http://vegetarianfoodrecipes.... It would be best with melons, papaya, and mango.
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