“Torticas de Moron”, a traditional Cuban dessert

"Torticas de Moron", a traditional cuban dessert

A delicious and very popular recipe

In this article, we want to provide you with one of the most famous sweet recipes in Cuba. The “Torticas de Moron”, a traditional Cuban dessert originated in Morón, the center of Cuba. Traditionally the cookies are made with lard or vegetable shortening.

Please, see below our “Torticas de Moron”, a traditional Cuban dessert that you should know.

Ingredients

  • 2 and 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons rum
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 5 spoons of preserves of guava or jam
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon peel
  • 2 bars (1 cup) of unsalted butter

Procedure

  1. First, you must mix the flour, salt and baking powder in a medium bowl and set aside.
  2. Next, in an electric mixer, beat the butter at medium speed for 1 minute. Add the sugar and continue beating until fluffy. Then, add the egg and continue beating for 1 more minute. Finally, you can add the rum and the lemon peel.
  3. Third, you should add the flour mixture to the creamy butter and stir with a spatula. Once manually removed, replace the container in the holder and mix at the lowest speed. Next, you must shape the dough and make 2 equal discs. Then, you should put them in the fridge until they are firm (2 hours minimum). Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  4. Once the previous steps are completed, use a cookie cutter, cut the cookies and place them on the baking sheet. Using a small teaspoon make a small slit in the center of each cookie. Chill the cookies until they are firm, 5 minutes while preparing the guava filling.
  5. For the guava, melt the preserves over low heat in a small saucepan for 5 minutes.
  6. Put about 1/4 teaspoon of melted guava in the center of each cookie, do not fill it too much. Finally, bake the cookies until the edges are lightly browned.

We recommend you to cook our “Torticas de Moron”, a traditional Cuban dessert if you want to surprise your family and friends. They will be really happy!

Also, an interesting option that we suggest you is to visit the country and have the opportunity to taste this recipe and others. Please, be in mind that you need a Cuba holiday visa to access the country.

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Black beans, a typical Cuban recipe

Black beans a typical Cuban recipe

The typical Cuban flavors

In this article, we will tell you a great homemade recipe step by step. The main ingredients are the “Frijoles negros” or black beans. Please, see below the ingredients and the procedures to cook our black beans, a typical Cuban recipe.

Ingredients

  • 450 gr of black beans.
  • 4 cloves of garlic.
  • 1/2 teaspoon of paprika.
  • 100 ml olive oil.
  • 1 onion.
  • 2 liters of water.
  • 1 red pepper.
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin.
  • 1 bay leaf.
  • A few leaves of coriander.
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano.
  • 2 tablespoons of sugar.
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper.
  • 2 tablespoons of sherry vinegar.
  • 100 ml white wine.
  • Salt.

Preparation

  1. First of all, we put in a saucepan the black beans, 2 liters of water, half red pepper, the cilantro, the bay leaf, the cumin and the oregano. If the beans are tender, it is not necessary to soak them, but if it is the contrary, we will soak them until they swell.
  2. On the other hand, we recommend you to use a pressure cooker since the cooking time will be less (30 min approx). Otherwise, if you use a conventional pan it will take 45 minutes.
  3. Then, while the black beans soften, prepare a sauce. To do this, we must peel the garlic and mix it with salt and ground black pepper. Then, cut the onion very small and 1/2 pepper.
  4. Do not forget to heat 80 ml of olive oil in a pan. When the pan is hot, we add the garlic “crushed” with salt and pepper, and then the onion and pepper until poached.
  5. Then, after 45 minutes of cooking the black beans, add the sauce. After this time, we incorporated vinegar, wine, paprika and sugar and left for the last 15 minutes in the fire.
  6. Finally, we add the remaining olive oil (about 20 ml) mix and rectify salt.

We hope the article “Black beans, a typical Cuban recipe” has been useful and interesting for you. We encourage you to cook this recipe or if you prefer you can visit beautiful Cuba to taste it.

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Traditional recipe: Boniatillo borracho

Traditional recipe: Boniatillo borracho

Cuban recipe

The main ingredient of this dessert is the sweet potato. This is a plant-based food with easy digestion. It has a sweet and smooth flavor. In Cuba, they cook it boiled and fried. Next, you can read our traditional recipe: Boniatillo borracho.

Ingredients:

– 2 pounds of sweet potato
– 2 cups of water
– 1 lemon
– 2 pounds of sugar
– ¼ teaspoon of salt
– 1 tablespoon butter
– 2 egg yolks
– ½ cup of sweet wine or liquor
– 2 tablespoons of rum

Preparation method:

1. First, boil the sweet potatoes until they are soft.

2. Next, make a syrup with sugar, water, and a few drops of lemon juice. You should not stir the syrup while it is on the fire.

3. Next, mash the hot sweet potatoes and add the syrup. Pass it all through a sieve.

4. Add salt and egg yolks.

5. Cook it by stirring until it thickens. Lower the temperature and add the butter, and when it melts add the sweet wine or liquor and rum.

6. Finally, serve it in dessert plates and sprinkle with cinnamon.

We hope you cook this recipe with your family or you visit Cuba and taste this dessert and many more. If you choose the second option, do not forget to apply for an online Cuba visa to enter the country.

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Recipe: Cuban ropa vieja

Recipe: Cuban ropa vieja

Ropa vieja is a really good and traditional recipe that consists of a mix of ingredients. It is very popular in Cuba.

Cuban Ropa Vieja (6 pax)

Ingredients:

  • A piece of skirt meat.
  • 1 or 2 bay leaves.
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper.
  • 4 cloves of garlic.
  • 3/4 cup dry wine.
  • 1 teaspoon cumin.
  • 2 medium peppers (one red and one green).
  • 1 spoonful of full seasoning.
  • 1 teaspoon paprika.
  • A cup tomato puree.
  • 1/4 cup olive oil.
  • Salt to taste.
  • 1 large onion.

Preparation:

  1. Firstly, you must cook the piece of meat skirt in a pressure cooker. You should cook it with water to cover it, a pinch of salt and bay leaves for 20 minutes after it starts boiling.
  2. On the other hand, if you cook it in a conventional casserole, the cooking time will be approximately 2 hours.
  3. Then, once it is cooked, you should wait for it to cool and drain. Reserve that broth where it was cooked. At this moment, crumble or fray.
  4. Next, you must prepare a good sauce. For this, heat in a deep pan, the oil and add the onion and the peppers that previously cut in small squares and crushed garlic.
  5. Then add the rest of ingredients: tomato puree, spices, dry wine, and a little the broth in which you cooked the meat. Finally, incorporate the frayed meat.
  6. You stir everything well and let it cook for about 10 minutes with medium heat.
  7. It is ready to eat!

We recommend you to prepare this recipe and continue to learn more about the gastronomic culture of Cuba.

Recipe: the spectacular Congrí Rice from Cuba

Recipe: the spectacular Congrí Rice

A typical dish of Cuba

This rice is one of the most famous dishes in Cuba. It is true that there are many different ways of cooking it, depending on the region of the country. Certainly, all have their charm, so when you eat it you can savor this mix of ingredients. Below, you can find our own recipe: the spectacular Congrí Rice.

Congrí Rice

Ingredients (4 pax):

  • 1 cup small grain black beans.
  • 2 cups white rice.
  • 1 white onion.
  • 2 cups of black bean broth.
  • 1/2 green bell pepper.
  • 1/2 chilli red pepper.
  • 4 cloves of garlic.
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground oregano.
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin.
  • 1 large bay leaf.
  • 4 spoons of vegetable oil or butter.
  • Salt.
  • A splash of vinegar.
  • 2 tablespoons oil.

Preparation:

  1. One day before, soak the black beans. The next day, cook them with the same soaking water, bay leaf, a piece of chilli and a pinch of salt until they are soft.
  2. Then, once they are warm and you can handle them, measure 2 cups of the broth and leave the beans separately.
  3. Next, heat the oil and sauté the chopped onion, the chili pepper and 2 of the crushed garlic cloves. Stir until the onion looks clear, about 5 minutes.
  4. Then, you should add the rice to the sofrito and stir it well for a few seconds. Once impregnated everything went to the next step.
  5. Now it’s time to add the beans and stir everything until you get a homogeneous mixture.
  6. Then you can add the previously measured broth, plus cumin, oregano and salt.
  7. Finally, you should keep the fire high until it starts to boil. At this time, you stir it and lower the potency, leaving it to simmer, until the rice is soft.
  8. The last essential step is to fry the other 2 cloves of crushed garlic with the 2 extra spoonfuls of fat and add it to the cooked rice.
       

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Discovering Cuban food

Discovering Cuban food

Do your eating habits change when you travel? Maybe you want to try the local specialties, no matter how rare they are. However, Cuban cuisine has a delicious flavour and an exquisite culinary culture.

You may prefer a standard meal, but a Cuban restaurant offers the same typical dishes. Generally, we can look for a chain of fast food that, as we see, exists in most countries of the world, but not in Cuba. That’s why we advise you to get an idea of what to eat in Cuba.
Discovering Cuban food will delight you!

If you want to follow a balanced diet, one of the advantages of Cuba is that you will not find a large fast food chain, or at least a chain already heard.

Cuban delights you must discover

Cuban sandwich

In almost every place you go to Cuba, you will see cafes and street vendors with counters stacked with precooked Cuban sandwiches. They may not have a spectacular flavor associated with Cuba, but it is undoubtedly one of the most beloved sandwiches in the country. We recommend ordering freshly baked sandwiches.

Mainly, it is a roast pork sandwich with cucumber and canned confit cheese, served in a long and narrow roll. It’s a perfect sandwich for lunch time.

Sandwich in Cuba

Cuban tamales

Cuban tamales are a traditional Cuban food and have a richer and more subtle flavor than in other parts of the Caribbean.
You may associate the delicious tamales with Mexico and other Central American countries, but the local version is one of the most delicious Cuban snacks on offer.
If you have eaten the Mexican version of the tamale, you will know that it can be a good piece for your taste buds.

Guarapo

Some countries are campaigning for sugary soda drinks to be labeled with a health warning.
Guarapo is the most sweetened Cuban drink you can imagine, but since its sugars have not been refined, it is not so harmful.

The cold guarapo is obtained from the juice of sugar cane. It is one of the most ubiquitous crops in Cuba, almost equaling tobacco. The sugar cane is freshly squeezed to extract its juice and then mixed with ice.

Guarapo in Cuba

It is widely available throughout Cuba.

You will not find anything more refreshing on a hot Cuban day!

Lardons

We could say that the popularity of lardons has decreased.
You can buy lardons in supermarkets, but also in restaurants and street vendors.
They are the best version of these Cuban snacks, since they have a minimum of additives and do not contain preservatives. Although they have a high salt content, they are extremely low in carbohydrates, so they constitute an excellent snack of Cuban cuisine with an infinitely good flavor.

If you are worried about what to eat in Havana, this meat will be your best ally. Your trip to Havana will not be affected by its gastronomy.

Yucca sticks, an alternative to potato chips

Yucca sticks are very popular and look like potatoes and root vegetables.
It is quite high in carbohydrates, although it does not have much protein. On the positive side, it has a fairly high amount of calcium and vitamin C. It is one of the fastest and healthiest foods in Cuba.

Yucca sticks in Cuba

Do not be so worried about the nutritional value of Cuban gastronomy.
Yucca chips have a flavor that tastes like a mixture of potatoes and pumpkins.

If it has been harvested in a rainy season, the taste may be sweeter. On the contrary, if it has been harvested during a particularly dry season, it may have a slightly bitter taste, which is not unpleasant at all, and adds an unexpected richness to the flavor.

The yucca is cut into thin segments and fried in vegetable oil. It can be taken in a sandwich or as an accompaniment to a large meal.

We hope you have the opportunity to try all these pleasures for the palate!

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