Tortilla Dessertsby Lori Grossman
More often than not, after stuffing myself with my favorite Tex-Mex meal, the last thing on my mind is dessert. Every now and then, however, I do check out the offerings and find the usual (admittedly delicious) standbys: flan, sopaipillas, and Mexican pralines. Not bad, but I'm always on the lookout for something a bit different.
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Curiosity (or fear) got the better of me. I caved in and purchased ready-made tortillas. Yes, I copped-out. But if you want to learn the ancient art of tortilla making, you need look no further than this web site. Patricia Mitchell, texascooking.com maven, has authored two detailed and easy to follow articles that will guide you tortilla purists through every step of the process. Just type "tortillas" in the web site search box and look for "How To Make Corn Tortillas" and "How To Make Flour Tortillas."
For those of you who'd like to forge on ahead, grab those store-bought tortillas and let's get started.
Sweet Tortilla Chips with Sunny Fruit Salsa
In a cup, combine sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle one side of each tortilla with cinnamon-sugar. Stack tortillas and cut into 6 wedges, making 24 wedges in total. Arrange wedges, sugar side up, in a single layer on two large cookie sheets.
Place cookie sheets on two oven racks and bake chips 10 to 12 minutes or until golden, rotating cookie sheets between upper and lower racks halfway through baking. Cool chips on cookie sheets on wire racks. You can store chips in a tightly covered container for up to one week. Makes 8 servings.
Prepare this salsa just before serving it.
In a medium bowl, stir the lime peel, lime juice, sugar, and chopped fruit until combined. Makes about 3-1/2 cups. Serve immediately.
To serve, spoon salsa into a serving bowl. Use Sweet Tortilla Chips to scoop up the salsa.
This filling can be made a day ahead and refrigerated. Bring back to room temperature before proceeding.
Warm the tortillas for a few seconds on a griddle or in a heavy skillet until pliable. Transfer them to a plastic bag to stay soft.
Spoon one-fourth of the fruit mixture onto the center of a tortilla. Fold the sides in and then roll up into a tight package, securing the chimichanga with toothpicks. Repeat with the remaining tortillas and fruit.
Pour at least 3 inches of oil in a heavy, deep skillet. Heat the oil to 365°F. Fry the chimichangas, one or two at a time, until light golden, 4 to 5 minutes. Drain and sprinkle with powdered sugar shaken through a sieve.
Serve immediately, topped with spoonfuls of whipped cream if desired. Makes 4 servings.
Mascarpone-Nut Flautas with Mexican Chocolate Sauce
When ready to serve, melt 2 tablespoons of butter in a large frying pan set over medium heat (or use oil). Add 3 or 4 flautas and fry for one minute. Turn and fry on the opposite side until browned and crisp, about one more minute. Remove to a platter. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons butter or oil and continue with another batch to cook all of the flautas.
Spoon sauce (recipe follows) over flautas and enjoy while still warm and crunchy. Makes 6 servings.
Serve immediately, or cover, refrigerate, and use within 2 weeks. These freeze well, if you'd like to store them for a longer period of time. Makes 1-1/2 cups.
Mexican Chocolate Sauce
Serve immediately, or cover, refrigerate, and use within several weeks. Reheat in a heavy saucepan over low heat. Makes about 1-1/3 cups.
Now that I have you thinking outside the box, you'll probably invent some tortilla desserts of your own. Check your favorite blintz and crepe recipes. The fillings just might work with tortillas. Happy experimenting -- and eating!
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