Argentines have a sweet tooth, no doubt about it. There’s always something for dessert, which can be anything from a piece of fruit to an elaborate cake. Some desserts have European roots or are inspired by what our ancestors ate, some are humble, and some are time-consuming but all of them are delicious. Let's take a look at what Argentines eat for dessert.
Torta Rogel was created in Buenos Aires and inspired by Central European pastries. It consists of crispy layers of pastry filled with dulce de leche and topped with peaks of Italian meringue. This is definitely for those with a hardcore sweet tooth.
Postre Balcarce was created in the eponymous town in the 1950s. Dulce de leche, bits of meringue, whipped cream, marrons glacé (candied chestnuts), and chopped walnuts are layered on pencil thin sponge cake and sprinkled with dry coconut flakes. Sweet and creamy, it's an explosion of flavor in your mouth.
Postre Vigilante is a very simple and traditional dessert consisting of a slice of sweet potato (dulce de batata) or quince paste (dulce de membrillo) on a piece of semi-hard cheese. Legend has it, the recipe was created in the 1920s in a tavern that was popular with police officers, hence the name vigilante (watchman). It's also known as queso y dulce.
Flan Casero Mixto
This flan casero mixto is a riff off the original. Flan or crème caramel was introduced by our Spanish ancestors. Our version is firmer and the longer it’s cooked, the more ojos it develops (small eye-like holes). Mixto means that the flan is served with a dollop of whipped cream and a dollop of dulce de leche.
Naranjas en Almíbar
This dessert, naranjas en almíbar, is really about the technique: cooking fruit in syrup (introduced in Argentina by Spanish and Middle Eastern immigrants). Here you see an orange but you'll just as easily find quince, figs, chayote, papaya, or pumpkin. Any fruit en almíbar is usually served with a dollop of cream or a slice of semi-hard cheese.
Budín de Pan
Our budín de pan, bread pudding, is served cold and usually with a healthy spoonful of whipped cream or dulce de leche (or both!) Budín de pan is usually flavored with lemon zest, vanilla extract, and raisins.