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A Mexican Inspired Dessert For Cinco De Mayo

Usually when I think of a culture that specializes in decadently divine desserts, Mexico hardly comes to mind. I love a good authentic Mexican restaurant, but normally I'm so full of tortilla chips, dips, tacos, and more, that I rarely order dessert. However when I do run across a cinnamon-sugary, chocolatey concoction, I can't resist. Throw in some ice cream and I'm in heaven.

I was very excited when I found this recipe that includes sweet tortilla crisps as a garnish. Jazz up store bought ice cream with a chocolate sauce that can be made 3 days in advance. If you are still searching for a dazzling dessert recipe to finish off your Cinco de Mayo dinner look, no further and

Coffee Ice Cream & Mexican Chocolate Sundaes With Cinnamon-Sugar Tortilla Crisps
From Bon Appetit magazine

1/2 cup whipping cream
1/4 cup hot water
2 1/2 teaspoons instant espresso powder
8 ounces bittersweet (not unsweetened) or semisweet chocolate, chopped
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Tortilla crisps:
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
4 8-inch-diameter flour tortillas
1 1/2 quarts coffee ice cream
Fresh mint sprigs (optional)

  1. For sauce: whisk cream, 1/4 cup hot water, and espresso powder in heavy small saucepan to blend. Bring to simmer over medium heat.
  2. Remove from heat. Add chocolate and stir until melted and smooth. Stir in cinnamon. (Sauce can be made 3 days ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Rewarm sauce over low heat just until pourable before using.)
  3. For tortilla crisps: mix butter, sugar, and cinnamon in small bowl to blend. Spread butter mixture evenly over tortillas.
  4. Cut each tortilla into 8 wedges. Place wedges on 2 baking sheets, buttered side up, spacing apart. (Can be prepared 8 hours ahead. Cover with foil; let stand at room temperature.)
  5. Preheat oven to 400°F. Bake tortillas uncovered until crisp, puffed, and golden, about 8 minutes. Remove from oven.
  6. Place large scoop of ice cream in each of 8 dessert glasses. Drizzle warm chocolate sauce over. Stand 4 tortilla crisps in each glass.
  7. Garnish with mint sprigs, if desired, and serve.

Serves 8.

Join The Conversation
Sweetbabette Sweetbabette 10 years
I made this for cinco de mayo, and the tastes combined were fabulous. the only thing is that even though i am a decent cook, i had a really hard time with the chocolate sauce. if i make it again i think i will just combine the cinnamon and some espresso with an over the counter hot fudge.
amandak3011 amandak3011 10 years
SU3 SU3 10 years
luckybelle luckybelle 10 years
I just realized I said friend...Imeant fried! :)
luckybelle luckybelle 10 years
This is similar to fried ice cream! Anyone throwing a huge Cinco de Mayo bash should definitely serve friend ice cream!
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Looks good.
daisymae051479 daisymae051479 10 years
I'm gearing up for cinco de mayo and I'm totally trying this one! Think I'm gonna gain 10 lbs. this weekend! Truly Outrageous, Daisy Mae
Babychloe Babychloe 10 years
That looks sooo good! Can't wait to try it. Only one more day 'til Cinco de Mayo!!
wynter wynter 10 years
That looks wonderful.
ALSW ALSW 10 years
Delicious! So sinful and rich looking. I love Mexican desserts!
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 10 years
:drool: great! thañx for ruining my diet yum lol :rotfl: juuuust kidding, i must resist this one :(
Meeta Meeta 10 years
WOW! This one looks soo great. I love the idea of the tortilla chips wonderfully unique!
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
gorgeous :drool:
aras8218 aras8218 10 years
That looks so good, Mmmmmmmmmmmm
demeter demeter 10 years
OMG Mexican chocolate is to DIE for!! I was in a Cooking class in high school and we were in groups where we had to research a country and do a mini-meal for the rest of the class and my group did Mexico of course, and we made chocolate sauce for ice cream and it was a hit with everyone.
xo_verity xo_verity 10 years
saffy1227 saffy1227 10 years
i am hungry now
jendudley jendudley 10 years
That looks sinful! Chocolate ice cream is so much better than plain chocolate, IMO!
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