Bolillo Desserts (Bread Roll Desserts)

bolillo collage

Did you ever have those budget friendly snacks growing up that others found weird, but to you were oddly delicious? You know, like hot dog on a sandwich bread or chips with sliced cheese melted on top (for those homemade nachos). Well for me, it was bolillo desserts. Turning bolillo (bread roll) into a dessert at my house was a weekend ritual. We didn’t always have money to go out and buy extra snacks like donuts or cookies, so this was the next best thing. 4 bread rolls for $1 dollar AND they are multi use, no brainer. These are my top 3 favorites. Super simple, very sweet and all kinds of amazing.

Bolillo con Mantequilla y Azucar (Bread Roll with Butter and Sugar)

This was my all time favorite. Is it the healthiest? Absolutely not. Is it surprisingly delicious? One thousand percent. Here is the mini recipe in a nutshell.
  1. Heat a flat griddle (a comal) over medium high heat.
  2. Slice the bolillo in half lengthwise. Spread lots of butter on both sides of both pieces and sprinkle sugar on the inside half of the bread.
  3. Toast on the heated flat griddle until nice and golden on each side. Remove and sprinkle with more sugar.
 

Done! No magic, no fancy equipment, just butter and sugar. I don’t know what it is, but butter and sugar just makes my mouth water. Give this a shot! I don’t indulge in it often, but when I do, oh my, I throw calorie counting out the window! Nom nom nom. Totally eating this right now.

Bolillo with sugar

Bolillo con Cajeta (Bread Roll with Caramel Syrup)

Cajeta is like the Mexican nutella. Its thick, creamy, delicious and its the cause of many cavities. This is my dads favorite. It reminds him of his childhood. It’s safe to say we always had it in the house. It comes in a variety of containers: a jar, plastic container, bottle or squeeze tube. I bought the one I am using at Foodmaxx. El Mexicano in a plastic container. This brand is very common and can be found in many grocery stores.
 
For this dessert, we would usually toast a sliced bolillo in a toaster oven and spread cajeta over the top. Easy peasy and ready to eat. But if you want to be bad, butter both sides of the bread and toast on a flat griddle until both sides are golden. Now spread a nice, thick cajeta layer. Butter just makes everything better, doesn’t it? I’m having a Julia Childs moment here. Ha!
Bolillo con Cajeta

Bolillo con Jalea (Bread Roll with Jelly)

Jalea is Mexican jelly. I never really knew that this was jelly because the texture is firmer and they aren’t the average flavors you would find in a Smuckers container. The common flavors I always seen are Guayava (Guava) and Membrillo (Quince). Quince was new to me. I had no idea there was such a thing. Apparently it is a sour fall fruit that derives from Caucasus and northern Persia. Eventually making its way to lovely ol’ Mexico. Well growing up my mom loved this stuff and I slowly grew to love it too. 
Bolillo - Jalea Covers
Bolillo Jalea in Containers

This dessert was as easy as they come. We never even toasted our bolillo. It was a straight slice and spread. To me the softness inside the bread is what made it so yummy. All these soft textures and sweetness combine into a ball of squishy goodness. 

Bolillo con Guava
Guava Jelly
Bolillo con Membrillo Jalea
Quince Jelly
Bolillo con Jalea - End Result
That was it. That was my top 3 bolillo desserts growing up. While other kids had cupcakes and muffins, I had bolillo. These sweets were a part of my childhood memories.Hopefully some of you try them out, at least once!
If all fails, just kick it old school like my gramps. Make yourself a nice big cup of Chocolate Abuelita and dunk that bolillo into it. Ain’t nothing wrong with that!
 
Let me put my Keurig on, lots of bread to eat!
 
Try any one of these, tag me @feasting_mexican on Instagram!

Source: What is Quince Fruit? The Secret Fruit of Fall. Retrieved from https://www.pritikin.com/quince-fruit-fall-food

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