Welcome back, lovelies! Today I’ll be sharing a new blog post in my series Tasting The Culture. It was hard to pick something this time. Peru has so many culinary options that I ended up choosing the easiest one to make (for me at least). So this time I will talk about Suspiro Limeño. This is a dessert based on condensed and evaporated milk (almost the same ingredients to make dulce de leche). It takes some time to make it. Not because it has many steps, but because you have to stir the two ingredients for a long time.
Also, this dessert is very sweet! So the portions have to be small.
The story behind Suspiro Limeño
Also known as Suspiro a la Limeña or Suspiro de Limeña. Is the named of a dessert created by Amparo Ayarza in Peru, around the middle of the nineteenth century. The name in English means Sight of Lima or Sigh of a Lima Lady. Don’t you think the name is very romantic? At least the second one is.
The story says that Jose Galves, Aparo Ayarza’s husband, named the desert like that because it’s supposed to be sweet and light like a woman’s sight. Isn’t that adorable? He was a poet. So I can see why he named the dessert like that.
Ingredients for Suspiro Limeño
- 1 can Condensed milk
- 1 can Evaporated milk
- 5 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Ground cinnamon
- 1/4 cup Port wine
Instructions for Suspiro Limeño
- Put the evaporated milk in a saucepan, then add the condensed milk. Cook over low heat until the mixture gets thicker and turns a pretty caramel color (about 30-40 minutes). It’s important to not stop mixing or else it can burn.
- When the mixture has the contexture we want it’s almost ready. Move the pan away from the fire and let it cool for a few minutes.
- After waiting, add only the yolks of the eggs and the vanilla. Mix everything together.
- Now is time for the meringue. In another saucepan. Mix the port wine and sugar. Make it boil over high heat for 6 minutes. You will know the syrup is ready when it forms a caramel thread when dropped from a spoon.
- Beat the egg whites with an electric beater and add the syrup in a thin and steady stream.
And that’s it! I hope you like it and do it yourself! As you can see. It’s not hard. It just takes a lot of time.
What do you think about Suspiro Limeño? Do you want to try it? Let me know in the comments!