Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Dominican Arepa

We tried another dessert again! I had originally planned on preparing Quinoa P'Esque, but forgot to pick up feta cheese. So next week we will try Quino P'Esque (a Bolivian recipe, if you were wondering). But this week I had all the ingredients for Arepa, a type of cake with cornmeal and coconut milk! The recipe can be found on Compassion's Dominican Republic Northwestern Region page.

My advice for this recipe is to be patient. It took quite a while to cook, but being patient paid off and we didn't burn it! Also, it calls for "2 boxes" of raisins. We added over 1 cup, and in hindsight, I wish we had added more. (Or if you like chocolate, I bet it would be delicious if you dumped a bunch of chocolate chips in right when you are about to put it in the oven!) And even though the recipe says one stick of butter, you really just need enough to coat the pans and could probably use a non-stick oil spray.

The recipe was a big hit and the kids gobbled it up and asked for more!

We're going to enjoy sharing with Heriberto that we tried arepa! If you have older kids and would like to get more involved, here are some ideas:

* Dominican flag and country coloring page
* Individualized coloring page
* Learn an Dominican game: El PaƱuelo


Previous Recipes
* Rice Pudding
* Pisang Goreng
* Baiao De Dois

About Hannah Hinojosa...Hannah is a long time Compassion sponsor and writes about her sponsorship journey at Because of Shamim. In addition to being a wife and mother, she is a part-time math professor and loves to read.
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