By Manzanillo Sun from the September 2018 Edition
Although Cinco de Mayo (5th of May) is a popular holiday associated with Mexico, el Dieciséis de Septiembre (16th of September) is seen as more important. Whereas May 5 commemorates the victory of the Mexican army over Napoleon’s French troops/invaders in 1862, September 16 marks Mexico’s declaration of independence from Spain in 1810. Either date is cause for celebration.
Carlota de limón (also called postre de limón) is one of the quick and easy recipes. It is like a trifle that consists of alternating layers of cookies and a creamy lime filling. This makes for a delicious dessert for Dieciséis de Septiembre and during other Mexican holidays.
✓ ½ cup lime juice (from approximately 6-7 fresh-squeezed limes)
✓ 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
✓ 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
✓ 2 rolls/packages of Maria Mexican cookies
✓ sliced limes (optional garnish)
Juice the limes. Place the juice with the evaporated and condensed milks in a blender. Blend until smooth.
In a large glass casserole dish, layer the cookies. Pour 1/3 of the lime-milk mixture over the cookies and spread to cover them. Arrange more cookies on top. Pour another layer of the lime-milk mixture over it and spread to cover them. Arrange the last layer of cookies and finish spreading the lime -milk mixture over it.
Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least three hours or overnight to allow the cookies to soften, the limemilk mixture to solidify and the flavors to develop. Before serving, garnish with limes (optional). Cut into 24 squares.
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