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When my friend Michelle told me about espumilla, a traditional Ecuadorian dessert that she ate in Cuenca, Ecuador, I was intrigued.
You’ll see espumillas being sold on the corners of the plaza or outside of churches. They look like ice cream that never melts, but don’t be fooled! It’s actually a soft meringue served in a cone. Espumilla de guayaba (guava) and espumilla de mora (blackberry) are the most popular flavors.
Meringue that looks like ice cream? Sure, why not! Let’s give this Ecuadorian food a try!
I’ve made espumillas a few times now and it’s a deliciously light and fluffy meringue that only takes a few minutes to make. It’s a treat that Ecuadorian kids love!
You’ll find the recipe below but first, take a look at this short video to see how espumillas are traditionally made (by hand!) and served in Ecuador (in an ice cream cone!).
By the way, the video is in Spanish but you don’t need to understand the words for the video to make sense.