Tastiest Desserts in the Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic doesn’t receive as much credit for its food as it should. We’ve already talked about some delicious Dominican dishes in one of our other articles [Insert Link], but that doesn’t cover nearly everything the country has to offer.
In fact, we missed something special: Dominican Desserts.
Those of you lucky enough to live somewhere with a Domincan restaurant close-by probably already know this, but Dominican desserts are among the best in the world, despite being deceptively simple. They combine sweets, savories, and spices all together to produce delicacies that you will never forget. And it’s no surprise that the Dominican Republic pays so much attention to its desserts: traditional Domincan lunches are usually ended with a “dulcito,” otherwise called a “dessert.” Better yet, because they usually eat desserts after lunches, Dominican desserts are often less heavy than desserts from other countries.
Cracked Corn Pudding (Maiz Caquiao or Chaca)
Let’s explain the name first; this dish has two different names, depending upon the region you’re in. It’s called Caquiao in the north, and Chaca in the south.
Maiz Caquaio is a flexible dish, sometimes served as breakfast or dinner, and is popular during Lent. It’s considered cheap to make… deceptively so, considering how delicious it is. Some make the dish the traditional way; with dry corn and a mortar. But nowadays, Dominicans can find cracked corn in the supermarket. Either way, it can be someone time consuming to make.
Luckily, it’s well-worth it. Like rice pudding, it’s lightly sweet, with a great tang added by the (optional) raisins. Consistency varies; some like to make it like a soup, others opt to make it thick and creamy.
Dominican Trifle (Dulce Frio)
Trifles are popular everywhere, but we’re gonna be straight with you; Dominican Trifles are just better.
They are. In every way. Google a picture if you don’t believe me.
Anyway, Dulce Frio is vaguely similar to Tres Leches, but is actually easier to make. What’s more, you have a lot of options depending upon how you want to prepare it. Some prepare it with rum, giving it a boozy taste similar to tiramisu. For toppings, some like to use a canned fruit cocktail, others fresh peaches or, really, any fruit you like. And while Dominicans like to throw meringue on top, some will swap the meringue with whipped cream.
Regardless, the result is a deliciously sweet and decadent fruity cake that still winds up feeling surprisingly light in your stomach.
Sweet Cream of Beans (Habichuelas con Dulce)
Yes, we’ve mentioned this one in another article, but it’s really worthy of a second mention.
Habichuelas con Dulche is a strictly Dominican treat, and is actually one of the islands most popular desserts. While there are similar dishes elsewhere, they seem to have developed independently and aren’t quite as good. And don’t turn your nose up at the idea of a bean-based dessert until you’ve heard what we have to say.
Usually, this dish is made with red beans, coconut milk, evaporated milk, sugar, butter, salt, cinnamon, raisins, and nutmeg. Sweet potato chunks, cloves, and ginger are often thrown in, and the dish is garnished with milk cookies or a flatbread made with yuca flour. But here’s the thing; every family has their own unique recipe.
Either way, the result is an incomparably sweet, creamy, savory dessert.
Dominican Cake (Bizocho Dominicano)
Yup, cake. But we should probably call it the “new and improved” cake.
It’s easy to think Dominican cakes just look better than regular cakes. Dominican Pastry chefs usually opt for bright and colorful icings, which make each cake look like a pastel painting. But, there’s more to it than that.
For starters, Dominican Cake is traditionally filled with pineapple jam, though some swap that for Dulche de Leche or jam made from other tropical fruits.
But what really sets Bizocho Dominicano apart from other cakes is the texture; Bizocho Dominicano is extremely airy and is very high in fat. What does this mean? Well, it means that the cake has a delicate texture and downright melts in your mouth. So, while it’s a bad choice for a diet, it’s a great choice for taste buds.
Honestly, we wish we had more room to talk about Dominican desserts. There’s so many, and they’re all so good. So, even if you didn’t find something you like on this list, it couldn’t hurt to find a restaurant when you get there, and get ready for something tasty.
Written by Connor Johnson
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