If you have the opportunity to travel to Chile, don’t forget to take the time to try a typical Chilean dessert before or after eating some of Chile’s best traditional dishes. Desserts from this country contain lots of milk, lots of sugar, and manjar (sweet sauce) or known as dulce de leche.
If you are a fan of sweet food and have the desire to travel to Chile, be sure not to miss the information about this typical Chilean dessert.
- Leche Asada
Leche Asada when translated into Indonesian means baked milk. This dish may sound strange to you, but it offers a lot more than just a typical South American dessert. This typical Chilean dessert is primarily made of milk, but other ingredients are added, such as eggs, vanilla, and sugar.
This dish is very sweet and flavorful as well as rich in flavor. Leche Asada is very similar to flan although it differs slightly in consistency. The flan has a smooth surface, while the leche Asada topped has a layer of crispy toasted custard. This is because leche Asada is roasted directly in the oven, whereas flan is cooked using the bain-marie method.
Usually, this typical Chilean dessert will not be found in formal dining places in Chile. Maybe you’ll find it sold in supermarkets or at people’s homes, made according to family recipes. This sweet dish is very popular in Chile, Peru, and Colombia.
This dish is also known as tres leches because some recipes add heavy cream to make the custard thicker and richer in taste.
These buttery round sandwich cakes are known in Chile as chilenitos and can be found throughout South America, in the Philippines, and Spain, the country of origin of this cake. The name of this delicious dessert comes from the Arabic phrase al-has, which means stuffed. Usually, alfajores are filled with dulce de leche. In addition, cakes are also often coated with powdered sugar or sugar, grated coconut, or chocolate.
Sometimes jam is also used as a filling. In Chile, alfajores are sold in packaged form as well as in bakeries, and of course, they are also made at home. This cake is such a popular snack that the chocolate-covered version of the alfajores has been dubbed the “Chilean Oreo.”
This typical Chilean dessert has a savory and sweet taste. Sopapillas which is also commonly called sopaipillas are a snack that is usually eaten after dinner. This light, crunchy pastry is often drizzled with warm honey or sprinkled with sugar.
Sopapilla is a type of fried dessert. This pastry is made from wheat dough with shortening. Sopapilla is generally triangular, square, or circular. In Mexico, sopapilla can be filled with cheese, meat, and peppers and served as the main course.
In Chile, most sopapillas are served with a sweet taste. This cake is often dipped in chancaca, which is black beet sugar. This snack is a dessert that is suitable to be eaten after a large meal and is a favorite snack among children in Chile.
- Torta de Mil Hojas
This cake is given the name “1,000 leaves” because it is made using layers of thin and crunchy puff pastry that are stacked and filled with manjar and walnuts. This typical Chilean dessert is similar to the mille-feuille from France. Sometimes this cake is served in the form of square slices, which are somewhat triangular.
Adding a layer of sour cream, such as raspberry or cherry, can help reduce the sweetness of dulce de leche, which is used a lot. Plus the jam adds a lovely pink color to the finish.
This cake is a staple at baby showers, birthday parties as well as christenings. If a family in Chile is having a big party, chances are there will be torta de mil hojas. This cake is so popular in Chile that the recipe is usually passed down from generation to generation.
When Germans lived in Chile in the mid-19th century, after World War II, they brought with them many of the country’s culinary traditions. One of the most popular today is kuchen, the German word for cake. Kuchen can be found throughout the country as well as in Brazil, where it is known as cuca.
While this dessert may sound common, Chileans take this cake to the next level. This airy and soft cake is usually filled with fruit filling and other toppings. Traditional variations of the filling include blueberry, raspberry, and apple.
You will be familiar with wafer rolls. This cake in Indonesia is sold in various brands. The traditional version is the semprong cake. Wafer rolls are usually stuffed inside. This typical Chilean dessert also has similarities to a wafer roll. Although it is a dessert, many Chileans consider it a snack. In Chile, as a rule, this cake is filled with manjar inside. Sometimes this cake is also covered with chocolate. It is easy to find this cake because it is generally sold by vendors in their food carts. Some sell it at roadside stalls, bakeries, and supermarkets.
If you want to try a lighter dessert that satisfies your sweet tooth and goes well with milk or coffee, then cuchufli might be a good choice. In addition, when eaten, this food does not make you look messy with crumbs.
- Torta Tres Leches
Torta tres leches mean three-milk cake. This refers to the three different types of milk used by cake makers to soak sponge cakes, namely condensed milk, whole milk and evaporated milk.
This Chilean dessert at first glance looks like an ordinary sponge cake, but when you taste it, you will know this cake is very different. Sponge cake has a much smoother texture and richer taste after soaking in the milk mixture. Generally, this cake is served with a light toffee sauce topping so this cake is even more delicious.
Generally, people in Chile like to add manjar or fruit jam, depending on personal preference, to give it a more intense sweetness.
If you want a simple and sweet dessert, maybe this Chilean dessert is a good choice. Cocada is only made from eggs and desiccated coconut. The outside of this cake consists of toasted coconut although it can also be topped with chopped almonds.
The Chilean cocada is also very simple and this cake is easy to eat with just your hands. This cake is just a sweet coconut ball. The best thing about this dessert is that it is gluten-free. This means that if you have celiac disease or just want to avoid gluten, cocada is a great option for you to try.
- Empanadas de Manzana
While empanadas are generally associated with savory fillings, this is not the case with empanadas de Manzana. This empanada filling is a sweet combination of apple flavored with cinnamon.
This buttery dough wraps apple slices, we recommend choosing sour apples, then shaping into small crescents and baking until golden with a crunchy texture.
Whether served as a dessert, a filling, sweet breakfast menu, or a light afternoon snack, empanadas de Manzana is a typical Chiloé Island treat and can sometimes be found in traditional Mexican cuisine.
- Brazo de Reina
If you like Swiss rolls or sponge rolls, I think you will like this typical Chilean dessert. This cake is a Chilean version of a Swiss roll.
If you are unfamiliar with the Swiss roll, this cake is a treat made by spreading a layer of whipped cream, jam, or icing on top of a layer of sponge cake, then rolling it around with a swirling filling in the middle.
Usually, the Brazo de Reina is filled with manjar for the filling and this is not surprising since most Chilean desserts contain manjar. Although manjar is a very common filling, it can also be filled with other fillings, such as chocolate cream, fruit jam, and creme patisserie. Don’t ask for the taste of this cake, it’s delicious!
This line of typical Chilean desserts adds to the list of sweet food references that you can taste if you like these foods. Most of the country’s desserts use ingredients such as milk and Chilean manjar or jam.
If you don’t find this cake sold in supermarkets or bakeries and cake shops, you can still make it yourself if you’re curious about the taste. Which Chilean dessert would you like to try?