Quince Paste and Manchego Cheese Dessert Chimichangas
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 8 8-inch flour tortillas
- 8 1/2-inch slices quince paste
- 1½ cups shredded Manchego cheese
- vegetable oil for frying
- Mexican cajeta (aka dulce de leche, arequipe or caramel sauce) for drizzling
Quince and manchego cheese dessert chimichangas are one of those desserts that look and taste like you spent a lot of time in the kitchen, but in reality, this super easy dessert takes only a few minutes to make. Ate de membrillo (quince paste) is a popular Mexican candy with a firm, jelly-like texture. When baked or fried, quince paste melts into a buttery soft delicacy. These dessert chimichangas made with slices of sweet quince paste and melted manchego cheese wrapped in a golden fried flour tortilla coated with cinnamon sugar are an irresistible sweet treat. During the summer, I like to serve dessert chimichangas topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a big dollop of whipped cream.
Quince paste is sold in 24.7 ounce round cans in the Latin foods aisle of your local supermarket. This recipe uses about half a can of quince paste. Refrigerate leftover paste in an airtight container. Serve slices of leftover quince paste with cheese and crackers for a quick and delicious snack.