Inside: This Lemon Carlota recipe is a simple, delicious Mexican Dessert that looks pretty and will please even the pickiest of eaters. Keep reading to learn how to make it.
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What is a “Carlota”?
A Carlota is a very popular Mexican dessert that has French roots. It is easy to make and, being that it is usually eaten either frozen or chilled, it is perfect for sunny days. It is also ideal for when you have people over and you don’t have a lot of time to prepare, because it really doesn’t take very long to make!
How do you make Lemon Carlota?
A carlota is made with multiple levels of vanilla flavored cookies, covered in a sweet sauce, and is then frozen for a couple of hours to create a creamy ice cream like texture. Sometimes this is called a lemon icebox cake, but I will always call it a carlota. My preference is to make it lemon-flavored, but you can make it with strawberries, apple, and peach too – which is the flavor that I ate a lot growing up.
That is because I have an uncle in Mexico who worked in a restaurant and he made the most delicious peach carlota. He always used to make it around Christmas time to go with our Christmas dinner which became a great tradition and we all looked forward to it every year.
Even though this is a very simple Mexican dessert, we shouldn’t underestimate its flavor, and you can rest assured that it will impress all of your guests. To make this lemon carlota you will need vanilla flavored cookies.
The kind that are most commonly used in Mexico are called “Marias” and they can be bought almost anywhere down there. Here in the United States I have had a hard time finding them in a few places that I have lived, especially in my first few years here.
Over the past few years, however, more and more Mexican products are being imported into the United States which means that you can find these all over the place now! I found mine in a local grocery store, but you can also buy them online here.
Once the sweet sauce is prepared, it is time to put the cookies down one layer at a time in a baking dish, and then covering each layer with the sweet sauce until all the cookies are gone and you finish with a final layer of the sweet sauce. Once prepared, put the carlota in the freezer and then cut into pieces when ready to serve.
If you decide to make this tasty Mexican dessert, don’t forget to come back and tell me how it turned out!
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- Juice from 5 Lemons
- 1 Can of Evaporated Milk 12 oz
- 1 Can of Sweetened Condensed Milk 14 oz
- 2 Packages of Marias cookies.
- Blend the two types of milk together with the lemon juice and set aside.
- In an 8x8 glass baking dish, put one layer of cookies along the bottom, covering the entire bottom of the pan.
- Cover the first layer with part of the sweet sauce
- Repeat until the cookies are gone, finishing with a final layer of sweet sauce.
- Freeze for at least 2 hours and serve!
Wednesday 15th of February 2023
I made this for a potluck at work and it was a big hit. The best part is that is was so easy to prepare and the ingredients were easy to find.
Friday 10th of February 2023
This was so easy and sooooo delicious..my husband and I both love it. However, I could not find the Marias here, so use nilla wafers instead...worked great!!!! I'll keep my eyes open for the Maria's just so I can try the biscuit.
Friday 13th of January 2023
Hi! Ever since I made this 5 years ago for a Spanish theme baby shower, my husband asks me to make it at least once a month! It's so simple and inexpensive....I don't mind at all! Thank you.
Saturday 8th of October 2022
One of my Mexican friends told me how to make an I've been making it for many yrs for my granddaughter for her birthday it is her very favorite birthday cake
Thursday 14th of January 2021
I would like try the peach ingredients please