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Friday, September 05, 2014

Guaguas de Pan Recipe (Sweet Bread Babies) | Llapingachos ( Potato Cakes with Peanut Butter Sauce) ~Ecuadorean Cuisine Recipes

Ecuadorean traditional recipes

For day 5  its letter E , We have already completed 5 days can't believe. Today am doing E for Ecaudor or generally called as republic of equator. This country also includes Galapagos island . Before moving on to the recipe I would love to state about the country and its culture. Eucador is along the northwestern coast of South America and its neighbor in the south and east is Peru. People here speak spanish as there was a spanish colonial empire ruling the country before they got Independence, they  have this spanish style colonial cities designed. Ecuador is meant to be the presidential republic.People eat both meat and veggies  but the main protein is consumed from meat. Ecuadorean cuisine is incomplete with Pata cones or the green plantains. Variety of recipe right from empandas to banana chips are made with them.

Some of the Ecuadorean dishes are typical in various region of the country for eg Plantains, beans , fish  are very popular all over the country. The typical meal  will have two dishes  a soup and a rice platter. As I told before plantains are used here very often even the starch vegetables are also consumed often like potato, yucca.. They have 3 course meal followed starting with soup , a side dish and rice with protein, then comes the dessert  and coffee.For dinner they have some thing lighter like a coffee or herbal tea.

Now coming to today's recipe I made two very popular dishes from the country which has both mountain and other part  cuisine followed here. I adapted the recipe for Guaguas de pan from hereGuaguas de pan are traditional ecudoran sweet bread shaped like swaddled Babies  which are prepared for the celebration of all souls Day or Dia de los difuntos. A festival is celebrated on nov 2nd throughout the country which to remember the deceased. For this festival people visit the memorial parks to honor the departed , the communities there have a massive gathering and people bring their fav foods to share with each other. Even people visit the cemeteries on this day which an old tradition in the country.So A typical food made for the day is Guagas de pan which is accompanied with Colada Morada whic is again a traditional drink prepared with black corn flour  and fruits.My second dish is Llapingachos which is nothing but a simple potato cake topped with peanut butter sauce, Trust me we loved both the dish a lot while daughter was very much impressed with the guages de pan she almost had it for 15 mins admiring them ;) and the Potato cakes were tremendous to taste. we enjoyed the Ecuadorean meal a lot. Llapingachos are stuffed with cheese and the patties can also be made with yucca or cassava too. Lets move on to the recipe...

Sweet bread babies for all souls day

Bread recipe of Ecuador

Guaguas de Pan 

                                          Recipe Category
    Preparation time
    Cook time
3 hrs
20 mins


Decorated Ecuadorean sweet  bread babies  All purpose Flour - 2 cup
  Instant Yeast - 1 1/4 tsp
  Warm Water 2 tbsp
  Sugar - 2 tbsp
  Salt - 1/4 tsp
  Vanilla extract - few drops 
  Cinnamon- 1/4 tsp ( optional)
  Butter - 1/4  cup
  Milk - 1/2 cup
  Nutella - 2 tbsp
  Egg replacer - 1 1/2 tsp  1 tbsp water to dilute 
  Icing for decorating  ( assorted colors)
  For Syrup
  Sugar - 1/2 cup
  Water to immerse the sugar

  • Take the warm water and sprinkle yeast on them, keep it aside for  5 mins till they are bubbly .
  • In a pan heat the milk till it boils , turn off the heat and add butter .
  • Mix them till the butter melts off. Let it cool a bit.
  • In a bowl  put flour, salt, sugar vanilla extract, egg replacer dilute,  in water,cinnamon if needed and mix them well.
  • Add the butter and milk mixture to the flour and make a smooth elastic dough and warm water if needed .
  • Leave it cover to double the volume and rise for about 1-2 hrs.
  • After it doubles the volume punch the dough and divide it to 10 balls , In which 5 balls should be larger for the body of babies and 5 balls should be smaller for the face.
  • Take a large ball and flat  it with rolling pin to a  square or rectangle shape. 
  • Spread nutella in the the flattened dough leaving the corners . 
  • Roll them to a cylindrical shape and pinch of the open ends.
  • Take a small ball of dough and roll them to a ball.
  • To stick the head to the body part just brush little water and stick it the cylindrical dough to the small round dough you have made.
  • Roll the both together and make a shape like a  swaddled  baby.
  • Keep it on a cookie tray lined with parchment paper. 
  • Repeat the same for the rest of the dough.
  • Brush the shaped breads with Milk and leave them to rise for 45 mins. 
  • After they  rise brush with milk again and bake them in a preheated oven at 350 C.
  • Bake till you see lightly browned crust. It would take about 20 mins.
  • Till the time its baking prepare a sugar syrup. Add sugar and water in a sauce pan and let to boil till  all the sugar dissolves.
  • After the bread is done , brush each bread with sugar syrup and cool them on a rack.
  • Decorate the swaddled Babies as you wish with a cookie icing .

Nov 2nd  All Souls day recipes

Potato cake with peanut butter sauce

 Llapingachos ( Potato Cakes with Peanut Sauce)

                                          Recipe Category
    Preparation time
    Cook time
                                           Lunch/ Snacks
15 mins
15 mins

Ecuadorean potato cakes
  Potatoes - 2 no ( medium)
  Cloves - 2-3 no ( chopped)
  Scallions - 2 tbsp( chopped)
  Turmeric pd / Yellow food color- 1/4 tsp
  Onion - 1 no ( medium)
  Tomato - 1 no (medium)
  Milk - 3/4 cup
  Peanut butter -1/2 cup
  Mozzarella cheese - 1/4 cup
  Olive oil/ annetto Oil - 2 tbsp
  Pepper Pd to taste
  Salt to taste
  Cumin pd - 1/4 tsp

  • First Make the peanut sauce. Take pan heat oil add cloves and saute them.
  • Add 1 tbsp scallions and saute them, then add Onion and saute them till translucent.
  • add tomatoes and cook them till mushy.
  • Add pepper pd, salt ( very little), cumin pd and mix them well.
  • Simmer the flame completely and add milk. Be careful the milk should not curdle.
  • Once the milk heats up a little , switch off the flame and add the peanut butter,
  • Mix them till it melts completely.
  • Cover and keep them warm.
Savory sauce
  • Boil the potatoes and mash them well without any lumps with a fork or grate them.
  • Add turmeric/yellow color, salt, pepper pd  , 2 tbsp chopped onions and mix well.
  • Mix the potato well til they are soft.
  • Divide them to equal portion .
  • Take a part of potato and make a disc , in this stage if you want you can fill little mozzarella cheese and roll the potato to a ball.
  • Then again shape them to form a disc. do the same for the rest of the potato potions.
  • Place the shaped discs on a plate and cover it with a cling wrap.
  • Refrigerate for 30 mins - 1 hr , so that the disc gets little firm.
  • After they are firm, drizzle some oil and place the potato cake on them.
  • Cook them till they are light brown.flip them and cook them the same way.
Step by step way to make potato cake with peanut sauce
  • Serve them Hot with peanut sauce topped  with some chopped onion, and spring onion greens.

Ecuadorean Lunch recipes

Ecuadorean Potato cakes with peanut sauce
Linking to Vardhini's Bake Fest and Nalini's Kitchen


  1. Omg, thats guaguas de pan looks super cute, am sure ishi would have loved having this cute looking bun, you nailed both dishes super prefectly Manju.

  2. Both the dishes are looking so yummy. Those guagas de pan look so cute, love the decoration on them. Potato cakes with stuffed cheese & peanut sauce is making my mouth water..

  3. Lovely presentation. I like the way you have decorated the bread. So cute. The potato cakes and peanut sauce combo sounds great.

  4. Oh wow such pretty pictures..and my daughter sitting next to me, is drooling over your all going wow wow..great job girl!

  5. Very artistically done, Manjula! Stunning pictures as usual and a tempting spread.

  6. Wow, guaguas de pan are so cute. Even I can admire those for ever. Very nicely done. Even the potato pancakes look very nice. Must have taste great with mozzarella stuffed inside it. Again a wonderful job and nice choice of recipes to represent the country.

  7. luv those Gu...hard to pronounce...bread babies :D so cute ...I wudn't have shared it with any1 :P...patties i wud have...THUMPS UP !!

  8. Both the recipes looks fabulous ! Nice piece of art....

  9. Both the dishes look fantastic. I don't think I will eat that cute bread. I would just sit there and keep admiring those beauties!And the potato pancakes looks very delicious.Beautiful clicks as always!

  10. i like the beautiful presentation by you dear shall link some of my entries too :)

  11. Wow wow... lovely recipes and tempting to grab it from here... Well made da...

  12. Oh wow..amazing choice of country and dishes. Both the dishes are tempting and trust me they are magnetic. .I kept gazing at those swPy babies. .lived the multi coloured dolls..Manjula the potato cakes with the peanut butter wants me to go in the kitchen right away.Super Duper post.

  13. Wow they are such beauties!

  14. these are great - both dishes I have not encountered before despite having Ecuadorian friends when I was a child. Definitely both on my to do list

  15. Those edible swaddle babies look so cool. I am surprised that you are cooking this time on the day you publish and still coming up with such amazing recipes

  16. The bread babies look awesome Manju. And the potato cakes sound interesting..

  17. lovely looking sweet bread and the shape is simply awesome, you are gifted Manjula..amazing talent

  18. Love that potato cakes with peanut sauce!!! They are really tempting and nicely presented!!!

  19. The buns look very cute... You've done a great job with the icing. The potato cakes look yumm and I'm in love with the idea of a peanut butter sauce!

  20. Bookmarking this one. We just had all souls day yesterday so I will bake these for next years. The potato cakes are yum!!!

  21. Buns looks so cute & colorful. Potato cake irresistibly good.


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