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Crepe being prepared on a hot press
Crepe being prepared on a hot press

Marquesitas, a Delicious Yucatán Original

January 01, 2018

If you find yourself hankering for a sweet treat during your day out in Playa del Carmen, there’s no better option than marquesitas, a local favorite prepared fresh by street vendors throughout the Yucatán Peninsula. These crispy confections resemble the crêpes you probably most closely associate with Paris, and indeed, their prominent role here is due in part to European settlement in Mexico. Your marquesitas chef will pour the batter onto a press resembling a waffle iron. Once this tasty outer layer reaches the ideal consistency, on goes a sprinkling of cheese—usually Edam, a mild, nutty Dutch cheese—then a sweet filling to complement the slightly salty Edam. Popular options include Nutella, peanut butter, jam, and cajeta (a thick Mexican caramel sauce). You’re bound to run across a marquesitas vendor as you wander Playa del Carmen, but if you want to scout one out, try the park in front of City Hall.

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