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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter (September 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307888266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307888266
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.8 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Featured Recipe: Coconut Flan

Serves: 8 to 10

Ingredients
Nonstick cooking spray
1 cup cajeta or caramel sauce, warm
3 (14-ounce) cans sweetened condensed milk
1 (14-ounce) can unsweetened coconut milk
1 (14-ounce) can evaporated milk
6 large eggs
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup shredded sweetened coconut, toasted

Flan (which, I have to confess, is Spanish, not Mexican) is surprisingly easy to make. The trick is to cook it in a water bath to ensure gentle heat surrounds the custard so it won’t break or curdle. There are various methods of infusing coconut flavor into a flan, but coconut milk is the easiest, giving you intense flavor and also a smooth texture. When I first made this recipe, I thought adding shredded coconut to custard would give even more flavor. It does, but it takes away from the velvety texture, so I opt to sprinkle some toasted coconut on the top instead.

1 Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a Bundt pan with cooking spray and drizzle the cajeta into the pan, turning to coat the bottom and sides.

2 Using an electric mixer, beat the condensed milk, coconut milk, evaporated milk, eggs, vanilla, and salt. Pour the mixture over the cajeta into the Bundt pan. Put the pan inside a roasting pan and fill the roasting pan with warm water to come halfway up the sides of the Bundt pan. Cover the Bundt pan with foil.

3 Bake until the center jiggles slightly when the pan is moved, about 1 hour 40 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for 30 minutes, then transfer to the refrigerator and chill for 3 hours or overnight.

4 Turn the flan out onto a platter. Sprinkle with toasted coconut and serve.

Review

“When it comes to authentic Mexican cuisine, Marcela Valladolid is the real deal. Her flavors will tantalize you. Her techniques will put you at ease.”
--Bobby Flay
 
“Cooking with Marcela was one of the greatest experiences in my life! Now everyone can cook with her, too. Her cookbook reads like a storybook filled with Mexican tales and of course Mexican food. I can’t think of any better way to cook for family and friends than from this book!”
--Eva Longoria

More About the Author

MARCELA VALLADOLID is the host of Discovery Travel and Living's Relatos con Sabor (Stories with Flavor), which airs in every Latin American country and on Discovery Familia in the United States. Raised in Tijuana, Mexico, she attended the Los Angeles Culinary Institute and later the Ritz-Escoffier Cooking School in Paris. A former recipe editor/tester at Bon Appétit magazine, she became widely known after appearing as a contestant on The Apprentice: Martha Stewart. She and her young son divide their time between Tijuana and San Diego.

Customer Reviews

Good recipe choices & easy to follow.
Patsy
This is just as good and much simpler, a satisfying mole that I will gladly make again and again.
Joanne
This is truly delicious, authentic mexican food!
judy reyes

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Judy A. Bernstein on September 30, 2011
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I loved Marcela's first book, Fresh Mexico, and my guests were always delighted to experience Mexican food beyond tacos and burritos. But Mexican Made Easy is a book I will use all of the time. The recipes are not only easy, they are a healthy fresh way to cook my favorite foods. Both books will stay on my kitchen island!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By judy reyes on October 6, 2011
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I love Chef Marcela's show and was exited about her book. I myself am Mexican and am so happy to see that she has brought my food memories to life and has made it easy for me to recreate the flavors of my childhood. This is truly delicious, authentic mexican food!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By k.fun on September 11, 2012
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Great recipes using items found in your kitchen. No extra trips to the store for special items. What a great book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. Valdes on October 19, 2011
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I received my book a couple of weeks ago. I have already tried several recipes and I absolutely LOVE it!!!!! It is the most authentic and innovative Mexican cookbook that I have ever read.
Marcela has the midas touch of turning simple ingredients into fabulous, delicious and fun meals. I have to highly recommend the poblano lasagna...it has become a staple in my house....
I am buying several copies of this book for Christmas gifts this year.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Ema on October 25, 2011
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I just got my book. I loved the first one, but maybe this one is better?? Can't wait to try out her recipes.
I'm Mexican and they all look very authentic, her style is very unique but true to the essence. I like how easy
her recipes are, nothing takes for ever to prepare and the outcome is delicious, beautiful and healthy! I totally
recommend it to everyone, you just can't go wrong with Chef Marcela...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mella on December 13, 2011
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I love this book and love Marcela's show. The recipes are simple, yet full of flavor and quick. This book is a nice change of pace from the standard cookbooks. I'm looking forward to more from Marcela in the future.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By sfa on August 1, 2012
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I love this cookbook! I found that most of the recipes that I loved from her shows were in this cookbook. Preferred having the book to having computer printouts. My husband loves mexican food and so we have enjoyed cooking her recipes together.
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So far I have not tried any of the recipes in this cookbook. I wanted it to add to my cookbook collection. I did read trough it and it really looks like the recipes are easy to follow and will be delicious. I am anxious to try some of them. It is a well planned and nicely laid out cookbook with great pictures.
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