Celebrate "Dia De Los Reyes" with Mexican-Style Pizza & Lemon Pie!
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A Great Way to Enjoy our Mexican Traditions with DiGiorno & Nestlé Products from Walmart!
Growing up in a Mexican home, the holidays always meant A LOT of celebrations. And each one was always complemented by a traditional meal and a yummy dessert like a Lemon Layered Cookie Pie made with Mexican Maria Cookies, fresh lemon juice and two types of Nestle Nestlé products.
Growing up in a Mexican home, the holidays always meant A LOT of celebrations. And each one was always complemented by a traditional meal and a yummy dessert like a Lemon Layered Cookie Pie made with Mexican Maria Cookies, fresh lemon juice and two types of
I don’t know why, but for me, Carnation Evaporated Milk always evokes special thoughts and memories of family togetherness and holiday harmony. Before getting into the desserts though, let me offer a bit of background regarding my family’s year-end celebrations.
I’m a December baby and so is my son, Benny. This means we plan a couple of birthday celebrations annually to kick off the last month of the year!
Then on December 24, we gather for Nochebuena, where the family celebrates Christmas Eve with a traditional Posada, which is sort of like a reenactment of when Jesus was born and Mary and Joseph went around town asking for shelter. In the Mexican tradition, this activity includes music, prayer and plenty of food afterwards.
We eat tamales, drink a warm fruit punch and enjoy buñuelos. At midnight, we rock Baby Jesus to sleep and share holiday hugs followed by a fun gift exchange. See a few memories from years past:
On Christmas Day,
we’re usually home opening gifts and enjoying leftover tamales from the night before.
We enjoy Christmas cookies or a Christmas cake to celebrate the occasion.
On December 31st we celebrate the new year, of course!
Then on January 6, it’s Dia de los Reyes Magos or “The Three Kings Day” where we hang out with family for an evening of small bites and dessert (more on the dessert in a bit).
For Three Kings Day, families in the U.S. usually take a break and prepare a much simpler meal. One good option is to head to Walmart and purchase a frozen DIGIORNO® pizza plus a few ingredients to make a tasty dessert. The DiGiorno Rising Crust pizza comes loaded with great toppings and offers an amazing fresh baked taste, straight from the oven. And if you want to make the occasion extra memorable, you can add a few ingredients to make it a pizza with Mexican flair!
For this delicious DIGIORNO® Rising Crust Pizza Supreme,
I added beef chorizo, green chilli peppers, Mexican ranchero cheese and cilantro to give it a unique and spicy taste. It’s a perfect dish to entertain guests on Dia De los Reyes.
children wait for the Three Kings to deliver toys and gifts on January 6, the same way we wait for Santa Claus on the 25th of December.
There is a traditional sweet bread ring called Rosca de Reyes which is served that day. The person who cuts a slice of rosca that contains a plastic baby figurine has to throw a party on February 2nd (I think I’ll encourage people to consider a Pizza party this year!!).
Now, let me ask—
What’s pizza without a good dessert!?
I’m sharing a yummy and super easy recipe that many Mexican households enjoy during the holidays. It’s a Lemon Layered Cookie Dessert that only requires four ingredients! It’s a smooth and creamy treat that has the texture of thick pudding with cookie crumble and a delicious lemon flavor. I sometimes add a cherry on top to make it more festive and because the Maraschino cherries actually give the dessert a nice balance.
It’s a great option for Dia de los Reyes celebrations.
I personally make it a point to teach my kids about the Three Wise Men. I have a nativity scene that I display every year and my sons always help me put it together. When it’s time to place the Three Wise Men near Baby Jesus, I share the story about the gifts they arrived with, in Nazareth.
In order to make this dessert,
(which is perfect for a Dia de los Reyes gathering), you will need only four ingredients.
Prep Time is 10-15 minutes
· 1 Cup Nestle Carnation Evaporated Milk
· 1 Can Nestle Carnation Condensed Milk
· 1 package, Maria Cookies
· 3 lemons
Combine Carnation evaporated milk, Carnation condensed milk and the juice of three lemons in a mixing bowl. Blend until it reaches a thick, creamy consistency.
In a serving bowl pour a layer of the mixture. Cover the layer with Maria cookies (break small pieces to fill in empty areas). Pour another layer of mixture over the cookie layer and repeat until you reach the top of the bowl. The last layer should be the mixture.
Refrigerate overnight. Serve cold. (Optional: Garnish with cherries).
The kids love this dessert!
My favorite thing about it— it’s easy to make and very hassle-free!
If you notice, two of the four ingredients required for this recipe are Nestle products. Also, keep in mind that although very popular in sweet dishes, Nestle Carnation milk can be used in savory dishes, too!
Friends, I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit about my family’s holiday traditions!
How are you celebrating the Holidays? Are there any special dishes/desserts you prepare during the most wonderful time of the year using Nestle Carnation milk products!?
Do you have any particular family traditions you’re looking forward to? I’d love to know!
Thanks for reading and best wishes for an amazing New Year! Xo, -Anabel M.
Thanks for reading and best wishes for an amazing New Year!