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Peruvian Dessert Recipes

Ummm, Peruvian desserts! Do you remember the saying, "You can't have your cake and eat it, too"?

Well, we just don't agree with that statement. With the Peruvian Dessert Recipes we are compiling - with your help, I might add - you can just have your cake (flan, tres leches, etc) and eat it TOO!

From gluten free dessert recipes to picarones (thin donuts) to just plain quick dessert recipes, Peru has a great variety.

Below is a dessert recipe for Picarones, a favorite with Peruvians:

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Picarones - photo by ricardodiaz

Peruvian Desserts - Picarones

Ingredients (6 servings):


1 lb sweet potato peeled
1 lb squash peeled
1 lb flour
3 tbsp yeast
2 sticks of cinnamon
4 cloves
2 tsp anise
3 tbsp sugar
2 eggs lightly beaten
oil as needed


1 lb chancaca or dark brown sugar
1 cup white sugar
4 cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
2 pieces of orange peel
A pinch of allspice
4 cups water


The Picarones:
In a pot boil enough water to cover the cinnamon, cloves and anise for about 10 minutes.
Then strain and use the water for boiling the squash and sweet potatoes. Once cooked, remove squash and sweet potatoes mash them, reserving 2 cups of the cooking water. Allow to cool.

Mix the remaining water with the yeast and sugar and let it sit for 15 minutes. Place the mashed sweet potato and pumpkin in a large bowl, adding salt, yeast mixture and eggs, beating by hand until everything is well blended. Add the flour until it forms a smooth, elastic dough that does not stick to your fingers. Place a damp cloth on top and let stand for 1 hour or until doubled in volume.

Heat plenty of oil in large skillet for deep frying the dough. Dip your hands into salt water and form the dough into rings with a hole in the center, slightly thinner than a donut. Drop the rings into the pan until brown, turning as needed.

Chop the
orange peel, cloves, and cinnamon. Add molasses sugar, pepper and water. Boil this mixture for about 20 minutes or until it thickens. Strain the syrup and serve over the picarones.

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"Me and my picarones"
by Suedehead

Become a Peruvian Culinary Expert

Most people think of Machu Picchu when they think of a trip to this amazing country.

But did you know that Peru is becoming tops on the international scene for its cuisine?

Why don't you combine these two world favorites - Peru travel and Peruvian Food.

The "Culinary Tour" offered by Canada's Gap Adventures combines the best of Lima sights and tastes in a 4-day package that you can include in your travel plans.

From preparing Peruvian desserts to ceviche, from traditional plates to the latest taste treats, this package also includes a Pisco Tour in the Pueblo Libre section of Lima.

Take cooking classes and try your hand at making papas a la huancaina and lomo saltado. Best of all, sample them when you're through!

What's Included in the 4-day Culinary Package

Here are just a few of the carefully prepared details:
  • Breakfast daily
  • 2 cooking class sessions covering ceviche and local traditional cuisine of Peru
  • "Pisco Tour" of Lima
Gap Adventures provides detailed instructions as to what to do from the moment you decide to embark on a trip to Peru, and this Culinary Tour is no exception.

From the time you begin your plans until you are done with this 4-day tour, you're questions are answered - what to pack and expect, what to do, where to go, clothing lists - and how much you can expect to pay in Lima for taxis, etc,

The itinerary also includes independent time for you to enjoy other sights of your choice in Lima.

Here are more details on the Peru Culinary Tour.

About Gap Adventures

Started in 1990, Gap Adventures has grown from a one-man show to an award-winning company with more than 800 employees and a huge variety of small group safaris and expeditions on all seven continents. Catering to more than 100,000 travellers each year, the company now boasts annual revenue in the neighbourhood of $150 million and has more than 20 offices worldwide in locales as diverse as Melbourne, London and Toronto - all factors that have seen Gap Adventures grow into one of North America's leading travel export companies. Contributing to that success has been an ability to build key industry partnerships, preparing white label products for the likes of The Discovery Channel and Air Canada Vacations.

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