Updated 08:59 AM EST, Mon, Jan 25, 2021

5 Latin American Desserts to Make Dinners More Interesting

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Valentines Day is coming, and if you're planning on doing a Latin American dinner, you should not skip on the dessert after. 

Latin American culture has its own versions of cakes, tarts, truffles, and other interesting desserts. Here are lovely ones that you can easily make to impress your date, based on a list from Serious Eats.

  1. Argentina's Chocotorta -- This traditional dessert is essentially a chocolate cake. The chocotorta is popular because it is very simple to make. Basically, it consists of dulce de leche, queso crema, and store-bought wafer-like chocolate cookies with brewed coffee or kahlua, if you want to be a bit boozy. The best part? You don't have to bake it, so even someone who is a mess in the kitchen can put one of these together.
  2. Brazil's Brigadeiro -- Similar to a truffle, but definitely sweeter, this delectable dessert is made with condensed milk and heated with cocoa to form a sort of paste. It is then mixed with cold butter, rolled into small balls, and rolled in toppings. For a more interesting take, try brown sugar or coconut shavings.
  3. Colombia's Platanos Calados -- Made with sweet plantain, this dessert is easy to make with brown sugar, water, clove, cinnamon, and lemon juice. While it's okay to eat it on its own, it also goes very well with a soft white cheese for a romantic night in.
  4. Chile's Torta de mil Hojas -- While popular in most parts of South America, the torta de mil hojas is best associated with Chile. Known as the "thousand layer" or "thousand sheets," this dessert is a big serve (although it may not actually make it to a thousand layers), which makes it perfect for sharing with your partner. Created with puff pastry dough and manjar, this cake is generally 10-15 layers high. If that's not enough, it is also covered in frosting.
  5. Venezuela's Torta Bejarana -- This particular cake has an interesting history. Due to wheat not growing in Caracas in the 18th century, a pair of sisters crafted a cake that was based on mashed plantains and corn-based breadcrumbs. These are unlikely ingredients for cake, but was instantly successful. Today, however, the cake is made from plantains, sugar cane, breadcrumbs, butter, and egg, and has an almost banana bread-like texture. For flavor, it has touches of cloves, cinnamon, some allspice, and sesame seeds, and makes a great dessert for those who prefer savory flavors.

Which dessert do you want to try the most?

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