4 Traditional Peruvian Desserts to Add to Your Order
You’ve finished your Peruvian chicken dinner and now you’re craving something sweet - we’ve got you covered. Whether you want something rich and delicious to round out your meal or just a little something light to satisfy your sweet tooth, these four traditional Peruvian desserts can fit the bill.
Four traditional Peruvian desserts to round out your dinner
Arroz con leche: In America, this dish is commonly known as rice pudding. There are versions of this recipe all over the world; arroz con leche, however, is a Peruvian variation that isn’t quite as sweet and takes pride in its simplicity. It’s an easy Peruvian dessert recipe to throw together even if you’re short on time - it uses pantry staples, including rice, milk, cinnamon, vanilla, and raisins.
Arroz con leche is great on its own, but traditionally, can be mixed into the same dish as Purple Corn Pudding for a delicious blend of flavors and a beautiful mix of color. This creamy Peruvian dessert is sweet enough to satisfy, but light enough to eat after a heavier meal like tacu tacu or arroz chaufa. Grab a to-go container of Sardi’s arroz con leche today!
Tres leches cake: If you’ve never tried Tres Leches cake, we feel sorry for you… but the good news is, you can get it at Sardi’s. This iconic Peruvian dessert is pretty literal in its translation - it’s a cake made with three milks. The recipe calls for sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk, and heavy whipping cream. The milk mixture is drizzled over a sponge cake, and the cake is then topped with sweet whipped cream and fresh berries.
The end result of this traditional Peruvian dessert is a light, sweet, and moist cake that complements nearly any dish (including that Peruvian chicken marinade you’re thinking about making).
Flan (Crema Volteada) - Flan, known as "Crema Volteada" in Peru, is a delectable and beloved dessert that has captured the hearts of many with its rich and smooth texture. This traditional Peruvian custard is made from a delightful blend of milk, eggs, sugar, and vanilla essence. The preparation process involves delicately caramelizing sugar until it turns a luscious amber hue before pouring the creamy custard mixture over it. Once baked to perfection, the flan is left to cool, and then the real magic happens - the "volteada" or flipping. With a graceful flip onto a serving plate, the caramel glides down the sides, enveloping the velvety flan in a sweet and slightly bittersweet embrace. The result is a heavenly dessert that melts in your mouth, leaving behind an irresistible blend of flavors that tickle the taste buds and evoke feelings of nostalgia and comfort.
In Peru, Crema Volteada holds a special place in the hearts of families and friends as it often graces their dining tables during festive occasions and family gatherings. It symbolizes unity and togetherness, as people gather to indulge in the sweet treat and share joyous moments. Find your own joy when you try authentic Peruvian Flan at Sardi’s.
Alfajores: Alfajores may just be the most popular traditional Peruvian dessert not only in the country, but also in South America in general. The recipe is actually Spanish in origin and was brought to the continent when Spain colonized parts of South America.
Alfajores are an easy Peruvian dessert if you want to give them a try at home - they consist of two round, sweet biscuits or cookies that are sandwiched together with a layer of dulce de leche. You may be able to find these treats in Peruvian supermarkets, but in Peru your best bet is to find an alfajores specialty shop (they’re that good - they have their own specialty shops). However, we’ve got good news - Sardi’s sells traditional Alfajores to round out your Peruvian chicken dinner with something sweet.
Check out Sardi’s Selection of Peruvian Desserts Today
Whether you need a side of yucca fries for a snack, an entire traditional Peruvian dinner, a sweet dessert to round things out, or all of the above, Sardi’s can help. Visit our website to find the location nearest to you and order online from our expansive menu including our famous charbroiled chicken, Latin specialties, array of delicious sides and sauces, and more.