The company is coming! Merida shops have something to serve you.

Do you have a craving for sweets? Or maybe now that we’re back to socializing, you want to keep treats on hand to keep you company. I have found some fun places in Merida just in time for the holidays.

A couple pays homage to their Cuban homeland with their pastry business, Abrasoles Pays.

abrasoles pays

Pies, pies and more pies with a great puff pastry, bite-sized or whole, delivered to your home.

Masiel Rangel and Roddy Fuentes have a unique story. Both are from Cuba and have traveled the world. They love to cook international dishes, and Masiel has been working on mastering the perfect pie crust. He sampled a combination of traditional American pies, such as apple and pecan, while searching for the perfect Caribbean fruit recipe.

Both have fond memories of life in Cuba. Her grandmother and her mother used to make a coconut cake to share with family and friends. The pie crust has been changed to a rich shortbread crust, but the filling ingredients are the same. Fresh coconut, coconut milk, and other ingredients remind them of family and home. Their studies took them away from those times, and they longed for those flavors.

They searched for sweet pastries and did not easily find them in Mexico. Moving to Merida, they wanted something solid and tangible that they both felt good about creating. A shared passion for cake led them to their dream project.

They had been baking for themselves and their friends, which became a hit. So in August they launched Abrasoles Pay. The name refers roughly to the opening of the sun. Masiel was in Belgium and told Roddy that he was cold, and he told him: “my heart sends you warm hugs from the sun”.

They found a kitchen to create cakes and bake based on daily orders. The plan is to open a bakery. Meanwhile, they take orders in the morning, bake the same day, and deliver lukewarm, flaky product that makes your mouth water. They only use natural ingredients and no preservatives.

Prices range between 85 and 100 pesos for an individual empanada or between 320 and 390 for the whole one. Shipping costs range between 20 and 50 pesos. Flavors include Cuban coconut, apple, guava, pineapple-coconut, and walnut.

Send them a message on WhatsApp at 999-277-6893 or at Facebook.

Mix and match your toppings at La Cheesecakeria in Mérida, Yucatán.

The Cheesecakery

This bakery offers a variety of mix-and-match cheesecakes and brownies on a custom tray. A cheesecake can be assembled from several flavors. So Oreo, Nutella, Kit Kat, and New York cheesecake could all come in one order. A combined brownie and cheesecake platter for nine could cost 135 pesos.

A whole Oreo cheesecake for up to 10 people costs less than 300 pesos.

Call a day and a half in advance. However, a customer can stop and buy what is available. The cheesecake at La Cheesecakeria is creamy and tasty, even before the ingredients are added.

see more at Facebook or visit Calle 72 No 593, San Sebastián, 999-277-1886; open Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 9 p.m.

Rooli Rolls come in many flavors. Photo: Maggie Cale / Yucatan Magazine

rooli rolls

Ahhh, a bite of the perfect cinnamon roll is only one store away. So this shop has created different flavors in a cinnamon bun style.

They are constantly creating new flavors, like a festive strawberry jam filled scone for the holidays. Some of the regular flavors on the menu are Oreo, Nutella, hazelnut, and Philadelphia cream cheese. Cinnamon flavor is still my first love, but it’s fun to have options.

The flavored buns cost between 35 and 45 pesos. They also sell cookies, chocolate chips, Oreos, hazelnut cream and brownies for 30-35 pesos. They melt in your mouth and are worth going out of your way for.

Rooli Rolls are baked daily for takeout or delivery. The staff are helpful and the owner was there greeting customers when I visited.

Avenida Andrés García Lavín No 328e, between 55 and 53, Col. San Antonio Cucul; 999-748-6447; open every day except Tuesday from 11 am to 7 pm

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