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Paletas de Manzana in Just Five Minutes

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When life gives you apples, make bite-sized pops.  El Guzii has a delicious paletas de manzana recipes to satisfy both the sweet and the savory. For the traditionalists, you’ll love his recipe for caramel-covered apples with peanuts. If you’re in the mood for something different, El Guzii has a Mexican-inspired tamarindo and chile apple pop that hits sweet, sour and spicy. So, break out that melon-baller and get things poppin’.

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Babies Trying Pan Dulce For the First Time Is The Instagram Love We Didn’t Know We Needed

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Babies Trying Pan Dulce For the First Time Is The Instagram Love We Didn’t Know We Needed

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There are few things more deliciosothan pan dulce. Whether it’s served with café con leche or grabbed as a quick breakfast indulgence, it really is the perfect treat. This variety of sweet bread has become a big part of the Latinidad.

When we’re talking pan dulce, conchas, puerquitos, orejas and empanadas are just a few of the mouthwatering options. No matter which sweet bread is your fav, you can relive your first taste over and over again with every fresh bite.

Thanks to social media, we can also see the adorableness that comes with baby’s first sweet bread. Hashtags like #BabysFirstConcha or #BabySweetBread are where to go to find cute pics of babies taking their first bites of sweet pan dulce.

Here are some super cute pictures of babies eating their first pan dulce.

1. Enjoy your matching concha, preciosa.

Instagram / @alanah.aya

Just like the color pink, conchas are perfect for every occasion. This little preciosa doesn’t hold back as she takes a mighty chomp out of her pan dulce. From the looks of it, this first bite won’t be her last. Enjoy, mija.

2. Matching concha costume = GOALS.

Instagram / @gr_twins

Pan dulce-themed birthday parties are now a thing — and we really wish they were back when we were kids. What better way to celebrate your special day than to dress like your favorite food. That frosting-covered face confirms how awesome pan dulce birthdays can be.

3. You don’t need teeth to enjoy pan dulce.

Instagram / @nadyaaglae

Not having teeth doesn’t have to stop you from enjoying the goodness that is pan dulce. If you’re a babe taking your first bite, just working that sweet treat with the gums you’ve been given is good enough. Just imagine how much pan dulce this cutie will take down once he actually gets those baby teeth in.

4. Just a little nibble for now.

Instagram / @ainsley_belle_511

While some babies might go mouth-first into their conchas, this little lady prefers to nibble. In her matching concha onesie, this sweetie is more proper with her first bite. However, once she gets a taste, there’s no doubt this little conchita will go pan dulce-crazy.

5. That smile says she knows this is going to be good.

Instagram / @lapasteleriadesofia

Look at the awe on her face. Look at that little grin. This baby knows she’s got something special in front of her. This pic was taken before the big chomp but that look on her face tells us it’s coming soon.

6. Nothing beats twinning with your pan dulce.

Instagram / @gr_twins

Can you really claim conchas are your favorite food if you don’t regularly dress up like them. Twinning with your favorite pan dulce is an awesome look no matter what day it is. Top it off with a concha cake and you’ve got a party.

7. Pan dulce: the perfect party food.

Instagram / @shopoliposa

Piñatas and decorations are all well and good, but a real party needs one more ingredient — pan dulce. This little lady knows what’s up as she snacks on her vanilla concha. What’s even better is the absolutely gorgeous photoshoot she had to immortalize her first bite.

8. If you are what you eat, eat lots of conchas

Instagram / @kaylaa_baylaa1

Have you ever seen a cuter conchita in your life? The answer is obviously no. This giggly little sweet bread is just as lovable as the pan dulce that she’s dressed as. Of course, her happy face could have something to do with all that colorful sugar.

9. Sweet like pan dulce.

Instagram / @madamemariposa

Those sweet, soulful eyes and that face buried into a soft concha are guaranteed to make you say, “Awwww.” This adorable shot doesn’t need any extra props or colorful backgrounds to make us swoon. If you don’t have baby fever yet, you probably do now.

10. Waiting for the sugar to kick in like…

Instagram / @normlone

Her face is telling us a lot. Namely that this little chula is lost in the flavor of her delicious pan dulce. We can admit that this state of pre-sugar high is super relatable. At least baby will be able to enjoy a nice nap after that sugar hits.

11. ¡Que delicioso!

Instagram / @xv_photography

Can you pass out from cuteness overload because this little babe is giving us a crazy case of the adorables.Surrounded by all things Mexicano, this baby is the perfect model. That eye contact with the camera is professional-level and so is the way she handles that pan dulce.

12. When you can’t wait to get home to start digging in.

Instagram / @aandylove

Sometimes you can’t wait to get home from the panderia before you start digging into the pan dulce. This sweetheart didn’t even wait to get out of her car seat to start snacking. Also, did anyone else notice that this concha is as big as her head? That’s a big project she’s working on.

13. Conchas are serious business.

Instagram / @lamonarcabakery

Although this little preciosa has a serious look on her face, those puffed out cheeks give away her secret. They’re stuffed with yummy concha. She’s obviously contemplating which piece of pan dulce she should take down next.

14. Go ahead and take a big bite, mija!

Instagram / @tres.marias.and.mama

For her “Coco”-themed birthday party, this little cutie has everything from flower crowns to guitars to complete that mood. Of course that means she also has the ultimate treat, pan dulce. We wonder if she waited to blow out the candles before she dug in.

15. We know that feeling, baby girl.

Instagram / @rlocreativedesign

That feeling when the pan dulce hits that sweet craving just right. This little cutie looks like she’s experiencing just a bit of euphoria with that first bite. The matching concha tee and pink tutu really complete this adorable look.

16. Her face says it all.

Instagram / @little_mia_sanchez

As perfect as pan dulce is, it’s also pretty messy. However, that mess is just proof that you’re thoroughly enjoying that sweet treat. This baby isn’t at all worried about the sugary mess on her face; she’s got her eyes on the prize.

17. Never too young for pan.

Instagram / @mrs.sotelo.official_

While many babies have pan dulce parties for their first or second birthdays, this little lady just couldn’t wait. As a celebration for her nine month b-day, she not only had a taste of delicious pan dulce, she also had a little photoshoot to commemorate it. After all, you’re never too young for this sweetness.

18. Now that’s a mouthful!

Instagram / @truegrumpybaby

Some babies nibble, some take a practice bite before they jump in. This baby isn’t afraid to take the plunge and go at it with a big ol’ bite. We hope he approaches every challenge in his life with the same bravery and commitment.

19. La Princesa de Conchas.

Instagram / @concha_bunny

First of all, we LOVE this look. Secondly, this little princesa looks absolutely in love with that sweet bread. No doubt, this is the beginning of a beautiful relationship between conchas and this little cutie pie.

20. The look of true love.

Instagram / @iscjuanita

This sweet smile can only mean one thing: this little one is in love with pan dulce. The sweet simplicity of her first bites is what this list is all about. It’s a reminder of what pan dulce is all about: sugar, bread, and all things good in this world.

19 Dessert Tacos That Will Make Your Mouth Water

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19 Dessert Tacos That Will Make Your Mouth Water

"Chocolate Tacos Image” Digital Image. Food Fanatic. 25 April 2018.

There is nothing more delicious than a savory taco. Except maybe one of these 20 dessert tacos that we recommend eating twice daily for the full effect of it’s mood-lifting powers. We’ll start with breakfast.

1. Waffle Taco

CREDIT: “dessert-tacos” Digital Image. A Subtle Revelry. 25 April 2018.

Literally, just lightly toast a frozen waffle, roll the rim in honey, stuff it with ice cream and sprinkle unicorn dust on top.

2. Ice Cream Tacos With Cinnamon Sugar Wonton Shells

CREDIT: “Ice Cream Tacos With Cinnamon Sugar Wonton Shells.” Digital Image. Alaska from Scratch. 25 April 2018.

This is for you fusion lovers. Literally just bake a bunch of oiled up wonton wrappers for 4-5 min at 400 F. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar mixture once out and stuff with ice cream. Chocolate drizzle is not optional.

Adapted from Alaska from Scratch.

3. Pancake Tacos

CREDIT: “Pancake Tacos.” Digital Image. Sweet Potato Chronicles. 24 April 2018

Hiii, go find your mom’s Bisquick and make yourself some pancakes. Then fold and stuff with nutella and sliced fruit. Call yourself a chef. You welcome.

4. Vegan Cinnamon Apple Tacos

CREDIT: “DSC_0333” Digital Image. Eat Drink Shrink. 25 April 2018.

You know how to fry a taco. Do that, then sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. For the filling:

Peel and dice apples. Toss with lemon juice. Over medium heat stir together butter, chopped apples, cinnamon and coconut sugar. Add about ¼ cup water and let cook on medium heat for about 4 minutes. Stir 1 teaspoon cornstarch into remaining water and add to pan. Continue cooking until most of the liquid removed and apples are soft.

Adapted from Eat Drink Shrink.

5. Cookie Tacos

CREDIT: “Taco Cookies 5444 copy” Digital Image. Erica Sweet Tooth. 25 April 2018.

OK, this is kinda cute. Use golden Oreos broken in half for the taco shells. Chocolate Oreo shell crumbles for “taco meat”, shredded coconut for “iceberg lettuce”, hot tamale candies for “cherry tomatoes” and chopped starburst for “shredded cheese.”

Use some vanilla frosting and melted peanut butter chips for glue and you can figure out the rest. 😉

Adapted from Erica Sweet Tooth.

6. Next Level Choco-Tacos

CREDIT: “Choco Tacos from Food52” Digital Image. Food 52. 25 April 2018.

Remember how drool-worth Choco Tacos from the ice cream truck as a kid? Food 52 has you covered to make these from scratch. Here’s what you need:

For the shells:

  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large egg whites

Mix it all together, fry the batter into taco shapes and then stuff with ice cream and drizzle a melted chocolate-coconut oil mix onto the tacos. Enjoy!

Adapted from Food 52.

7. Nutella and Red Berry Dessert Tacos

Credit: Nutella Berry. Digital Image. My Recipes. February 2017.

This one is simple and scrumptious.

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Roll sheets of aluminum foil into 3 loose rolls, each measuring approximately 17 inches long, 1 1/2 inches wide, and 4 inches tall. Place rolls parallel on a rimmed baking sheet.
  2. Stir together 3 tbsp sugar and 1 tbsp cinnamon in a small bowl. Brush 3 tbsp of melted butter evenly on both sides of the 6 tortillas, and sprinkle both sides evenly with sugar mixture. Drape 2 tortillas over each foil roll, so that they form a taco shell shape.
  3. Bake tortillas in preheated oven until tortillas hold their shape and are lightly browned, about 15 minutes. Transfer shells to a wire rack, and cool completely.
  4. Prepare the Filling: Combine 3/4 cup of heavy cream and 3 tbsp of powdered sugar in a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on medium-high until soft peaks form, about 2 minutes. Add 6 oz. of cream cheese and 1/3 cup of nutella; beat until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes.
  5. Assemble the Tacos: Spoon about 1/3 cup Filling into each Taco Shell. Toss together 1/2 cup of strawberries and 1/2 cup of raspberries in a small bowl. Top each taco with about 1/4 cup berry mixture. Dust tacos with powdered sugar.

Adapted from My Recipes

8. Full Chocolate Taco

CREDIT: “Chocolate Tacos Image” Digital Image. Food Fanatic. 25 April 2018.

Mix this in a bowl and set aside:

  • 1/2 cup Strawberries, Cut into small pieces
  • 1 tablespoon Sugar
  • 1/2 Orange, Juiced

Make Choco-Tacos:

  1. In a small saucepan combine 1/2 cup sugar, 1 stick butter and 1/3 cup corn syrup. Cook over medium-low heat until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat.
  2. In a medium bowl combine 3/4 cup flour and 4 tsp cocoa powder. Mix well.
  3. Now pour the wet ingredients from the saucepan into the dry ingredients. Mix thoroughly.
  4. It’s easier to work in small batches for these cookies because they need to be hot to form the shape. Before you start to cook them, take out two to four wooden spoons, or any utensil with a round handle. Set them up on the counter so they are elevated.
  5. I take two cups and invert them about 4 inches away from each other, then lay the wooden spoon across the top. That way it makes a sort of balance beam for the cookie to rest on to form it’s shape. I set up 2-4 at a time. Then I have a couple of plates nearby lined with paper towels so its soft for the cookies to sit on till needed after they are formed.
  6. Make two cookies at a time. Spoon a small amount of the batter onto a cookie sheet covered with parchment paper, spooning the dough onto the farthest end. Then do the same on the opposite end. The dough melts and spreads like no one’s business, so make sure to allow room for it to spread.
  7. Pop the cookie sheet in the oven at 400 F for about 6-8 minutes.
  8. Lay in your taco molds and STUFF!

Adapted from Food Fanatic.

9. Banana Split Tacos

CREDIT: “Banana Split Tacos Photo” Digital Image. Food Fanatic. 25 April 2018.

This one you can whip up in no time. Fry your tortilla into a classic taco shape and immediately sprinkle with a cinnamon-sugar mixture. Let cool and stuff with strawberry, chocolate and vanilla ice cream in that order. Garnish and eat!

10. Another Chocolate Taco

CREDIT: “Unnamed. Digital Image. Gluten Free Love Story. 25 April 2018

This one’s for my food sensitive friends:

Here’s what you need:

  • 3 tbsps cacao powder
  • 1 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 cup buckwheat flour
  • 3 tbsps grounded flax seeds + 6 tbsps warm water
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar (or 4-5 packets of stevia for a candida friendly option)
  • 1/2-1 tsp cinnamon (optional)
  • coconut oil for greasing

Directions:

  1. Mix the flax seeds in the six tbsps of water and soak them for fifteen minutes.
  2. In the meantime, combine all the other ingredients in a bowl and blend well.
  3. Now, if the flax eggs are done soaking, blend them inside the batter.
  4. Heat up a griddle or skillet and grease it with coconut oil.
  5. 5. Pour on some batter and smooth it out until it is as thin as it can be.  Cook the chocolate tacos until they are thoroughly done.
  6. 6. Enjoy these chocolate tacos stuffed with maple syrup, coconut nectar, coconut whip cream, fruit, or jam.  If you want some candida friendly options, you could spread nut butters or even coconut whip cream on top.

Adapted from Gluten Free Love Story.

11. Tres Leches Coconut and Chocolate Fudge Ice Cream Tacos

CREDIT: “Tres Leches Coconut and Chocolate Fudge Ice Cream Tacos with Banana Peanut Salsa | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest” Digital Image. Half Baked Harvest. 25 April 2018.

This looks bomb and it’s easy as f. Just fry like normal and then dip in melted chocolate. Mix bananas, and a dash of cinnamon with coconut ice cream and stuff once the tacos have cooled a little. Drizzle LOADS of chocolate sauce on the taco and drizzle with walnuts. EAT.

Adapted from Half Baked Harvest

12. Cinnamon-Peach Ice Cream Tacos

CREDIT: “ice cream tacos recipe” Digital Image. Hilah cooking. 25 April 2018.

The pro tip for this is to score the inside centers of the tacos before placing them in the oven. That’s how they puff up! Be sure to sprinkle a cinnamon-sugar mixture on either side of the oiled tortilla before you pop them in. 10 minutes later at 350 F and you’re ready to load them up with ice cream!

13. Vegan S’Mores Tacos

CREDIT: “vegan s’more tacos | RECIPE on hotforfoodblog.com” Digital Image. Hot For Food Blog. 25 April 2018.

You guys! Stuff your homemade, cinnamon-spiked taco shells with vegan marshmallows and bake. Then, drizzle chocolate over it and accept your role as your town’s new cult leader.

14. Simple Strawberry Tacos

CREDIT: “DSC_0053” Digital Image. Keep It Simple Foods. 25 April 2018.

True to its blogger’s name, this one is simple. Just toast your tortillas, sprinkle chocolate chips (they’ll melt with the warmth of a tortilla blanket), top with strawberries and some whipped cream! I feel fancy.

15. Grain-Free Tacos

CREDIT: Unnamed. Digital Image. Morsels and Moonshine. 25 April 2018.

The money here is the grain-free taco shell. Here’s how to make them:

  • 2/3 c. almond flour
  • 1/3 c. starch (corn, tapioca, arrowroot, etc.)
  • 1 flax egg (3 T. water and 1 T. ground flax seed)
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/4 c. coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla-infused bourbon
  • 4 T. coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 c. coconut cream (from the top of a chilled can of coconut milk)

In a medium-sized bowl, combine the almond flour, starch, salt, and coconut sugar. After the flax has thickened, add it to the bowl, along with the bourbon, oil, and cream. Stir until everything is combined well. It will be a thick dough. Pop it in a pizette maker and you’re golden.

Adapted from Morsels and Moonshine.

16. Neopolitan Choco Taco Recipe

CREDIT: “Neopolitan Choco Taco Recipe.” Digital Image. Mountain Mama Cooks. 25 April 2018.

Here’s how to make the homemade tacos for this one. You can figure out the rest. Mix this in one bowl:

  • 2/3 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Mix this in another bowl:

  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large egg whites

Add the wet ingredients to the dry to form a batter. Fry 2-3 spoonfuls of the batter into a pan to make tortillas!

Adapted from Mountain Mama Cooks.

17. Cocoa Cookie Taco Shell

CREDIT: “Cocoa Cookie Taco Shell” Digital Image. Rachel Ray. 23 April 2018.

Here’s how to make this magic happen:

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/3 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 6 tbsp. butter, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • Chocolate shell topping, fillings and garnishes

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350°. In a small bowl, whisk the flour, cocoa powder and salt. In a medium bowl, beat the butter and sugar, about 2 minutes. Add the egg whites and vanilla; keep beating, occasionally scraping down the bowl, until blended (the mixture may be lumpy). Add the flour mixture; beat to blend.

2. Set up a taco-making station: On a work surface, arrange two boxes (at least 3 inches high) about 12 inches apart. Arrange a 2-to 2 3/4-inch-diameter rolling pin with one end on each of the boxes, leaving space for the rolling pin to have 2 taco shells draped over it. (You can also use two paper towel tubes.) Drape a sheet of parchment paper over the rolling pin.

3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut the paper in half crosswise; place 3 tbsp. dough in the center of each piece of parchment. Using a small offset spatula or the back of a spoon, spread the dough out to a 5-to 5 1/2-inch circle. Bake until the dough is firm, rotating the sheet halfway through, about 10 minutes for a softer taco and 12 minutes for a crispy taco. Let rest 15 seconds.

4. Working with 1 cookie at a time, lift the paper and cookie; gently invert over the rolling pin (leave the paper on). Using a pot holder (the cookie is hot), gently push the sides down to form a taco-shell shape. Let cool completely, about 30 minutes. Peel off the paper. Repeat with the remaining dough for 8 shells. Dip edges in chocolate shell topping; fill and garnish (see our Awesome Ice Cream Tacos).

Adapted from Rachel Ray.

18. Mini Rainbow Fruit Tacos with Cream Cheese Dip

CREDIT: “Mini Rainbow Fruit Tacos with Cream Cheese Dip” Digital Image. Sugar Dish Me. 25 April 2018.

Do not fear: there is cream cheese in here. Honestly, forget your bagels and sub in an oven toasted taco. Make your tacos like usual and stuff with a cream cheese-cinnamon-honey mixture and top with fruit! #Health.

19. Toffee Taco Sundaes

CREDIT: “Toffee Taco Sundaes” Digital Image. The Baker Mama. 25 April 2018.

Alright, this is the laziest, and (for that reason) most dessert-appropriate taco. Here’s how:

  1. Place tortilla(s) on a baking sheet. Brush the inside with melted butter. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Heat tortilla(s) as directed on package.
  2. Once tortillas are heated, place on a serving plate or bowl and fill with two scoops of ice cream. Drizzle with warm caramel sauce, sprinkle with toffee bits and top with some whipped cream. Serve immediately.

Adapted from The Baker Mama.

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