Category: Food

Piraguas

A Piragua /pi’ra:gwe/  is a Puerto Rican shaved ice dessert, shaped like a pyramid, consisting of shaved ice and covered with fruit flavored syrup. Piraguas are sold by vendors, known as piragüeros, in small colorful pushcarts. Besides Puerto Rico, Piraguas can be found in the United States mainland areas, such as New York and Central Florida, which have large Puerto Rican communities. In most Spanish-speaking countries, the word piragua (pi·ra·gua) means pirogue, a small, flat-bottomed boat. In Puerto Rico the word piragua refers to a frozen treat made of shaved ice and covered with fruit flavored syrup. Unlike the...

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Best Bread Pudding Recipe – Pumpkin Bread Pudding Recipe

  This pumpkin bread pudding is a great alternative to the traditional pumpkin pie. Stuffed with raisins and nuts, each bite will be a wonderful experience. 1/2 loaf raisin bread, cut into cubes 1 cup canned pumpkin 1/2 cup brown sugar 2 eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 teaspoon ginger 1 can evaporated milk 1/3 cup walnuts, chopped Directions Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease an 9-inch pie plate. Place bread cubes into the prepared pie plate. In a medium bowl, combine the pumpkin, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla and ginger. Stir in the milk. Pour mixture over bread cubes; be sure to coat cubes well. Sprinkle walnuts on top. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until knife inserted in middle comes out clean. => Best Bread Pudding Recipe: Banana Bread Pudding Recipe If you love banana bread, then you’ll absolutely love this banana bread pudding. It’s made with mashed bananas, eggs, milk and French bread. 6 bananas, mashed 6 egg yolks 1 cup sugar 1 stick butter 1 can evaporated milk 1 can water 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 loaf French Bread, cut into cubes Directions Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×13-inch baking dish. In a large bowl, combine the bread cubes and the milk and water; let soak until bread is soft. Separate the egg yolks and whites. In the same bowl, mix in the egg yolks, vanilla,...

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Tembleque de Coco

  I want to share with you a classic Puerto Rican desert recipe. This one is a treat, it is light coconut custard that shakes like Jell-O. That is why it’s called tembleque, which can be loosely translated as jiggling. Here is the recipe: o 2 cups of coconut milk o ½ cup of cornstarch o ¾ cups of sugar o ½ teaspoon of salt o 1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring o Ground cinnamon (optional) In a saucepan, at medium hi, heat the coconut milk, the sugar and the salt. Dilute the cornstarch with some of the coconut milk and add to the saucepan. Stir continuously until it boils then simmer until it thickens. Pour mixture into a mold or single serving cups whatever you prefer. Let it cool to room temperature before refrigerating for at least 2 hours. Sprinkle cinnamon over it before serving. Here are some tips to watch out for on this dish. Cool the mixture before refrigerating or cover it with a plastic wrap so a skin does not develop, much like pudding. In addition, before serving you might have to separate the tembleque from the mold with a knife. While cooking once the mix thickens remove immediately from the heat or you will get a tembleque without the jiggle that is more bread pudding than jell-o in consistency. Tembleque is a classic Puerto Rican desert...

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Seafood Appetizer – Stuffed Shrimp

  Everyone loves shrimp. Instead of serving plain cold shrimp with cocktail sauce, why not mix it up a bit and make something extra special? With only a little extra effort, you can provide your guests with a shrimp appetizer they will remember. When buying your shrimp, get the freshest you can. Live shrimp are the freshest you can get; if you cannot get live shrimp, look for raw, whole, frozen shrimp. The shell protects the meat from damage and drying out. Feel the bag of shrimp. Do the frozen shrimp shift in the bag? If it is a...

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Wedding Traditions of Puerto Rico

  A wedding is a joyous celebration and that is no different in Puerto Rico. There are a few traditions that are associated with a conventional Puerto Rican marriage. One of these traditions is the offering of the bride and groom a beverage called café con leche and is served in coconut cups. The Bride’s Bouquet Bridal bouquets in Puerto Rico are abundant with the amapola, which is a traditional flower often used at a Puerto Rican wedding. The bouquet may also contain a fan as it is a part of traditional wedding attire in Puerto Rico. The maids...

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