Category: Presley’s Panaderia “Bakery”

Cherry Carlota

Cherry Carlota


Calling all dessert lovers! Could we really celebrate Easter without a gorgeous dessert? I’m taking the fuss out of our Easter meal this year with a simple and easy Carlota! I decided to add cherries to my Carlota and change it’s traditional color of white to a festive pinkish-purple pastel. It’s the prettiest color but aside from that, the fresh cherry flavor only adds to this already delicious dessert…. pushing it all the way up in dessert ranks. Lucky for me, I was able to find all my ingredients at Northgate Market and pick up a few extra goodies while I was there. I hope you’ll try this Easter Cherry Carlota and make it whenever you have a bag of cherries hanging around.


Ingredients for Cherry Carlota:

  • 1 ½ cups fresh cherries (pit and stem removed) + 6 more to decorate
  • ½ cup fresh lime juice ( I used 3 large limes) (reserve peelings for zest)
  • 2 cans (28 ounces) La Lechera Sweetened Condensed milk
  • 2 cans (24 ounces) Carnation Evaporated milk
  • 75 Marías Cookies
  • Chocolate Easter bunny
  • Jordan almonds or candy eggs


Blend cherries, lime juice, La Lechera, and Evaporated Milk on high until cherries are completely pureed and mixture is a fluffy thick consistency.

Spray a springform pan lightly with a non-stick baking spray.

Pour ½ cup of cherry mixture on bottom on springform pan and spread it out to coat the bottom evenly.

Place cookies along the edge of the pan and then fill the bottom with a single layer of cookies.

Pour 1 cup of cherry mixture over cookies and continue to alternate between cookies and cherry mixture ending with the cherry mixture on top.

Refrigerate for 4 hours or preferably overnight.

Garnish top with lime zest, fresh cherries and Easter candy.

Serve cold and Enjoy!

Hoppy Easter.

If you are planning an Easter picnic, consider making my Torta De Milanesa De Calabacita!

Mini Apple Pies

Mini Apple Pies


I usually repurpose one of my senior pie photos on #PiDay because I make pie all year round. I felt this year deserved a brand new photo and something a little fantasy and hopeful. Mini apple pies seem to be a good portrayal of how I’ve been feeling. It’s almost as if I could touch the beginning of Spring and am anticipating some happy changes in the next couple of months. Fingers crossed. To be completely honest, I’ve hit the pandemic fatigue wall and know we are in the final stretch… just gotta hold on tight a little longer.

Cupid’s Arrow Breakfast Pizza

Cupid’s Arrow Breakfast Pizza


Dear Valentine,

I am so grateful for your existence, and feel super lucky to call you my partner.  I wanted to surprise you with a special breakfast, and I know that pizza is your favorite.  Since you are my warm and fuzzy I desired to do something sweet for you.  I ordered everything I needed from Northgate Market so I could give you my Cupid’s Arrow Breakfast Pizza. I made it with Mozzarella cheese, papas, roasted red peppers, and jalapeños. Each time you tear into this heart-shaped pizza pie remember how much I adore you.  Thank you for putting a smile on my face, and for being so supportive always.

xoxo – Presley’s Pantry


Ingredients for Cupid’s Arrow Breakfast Pizza:

  • a batch of pizza dough – Click here for recipe
  • 2 tablespoons Olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons cornmeal
  • 4 cups Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1/4 cup sliced pickled jalapeños
  • 1/4 cup roasted red bell pepper
  • 2  potatoes, cooked and cut into heart shapes and arrow
  • 4 eggs


Bring dough to room temp

Rub a baking sheet lightly with olive oil an hour and half before you’re ready to bake.  

Pull plastic wrapped dough out of the refrigerator to come to room temperature.

45 minutes before ready to put your pizza in the oven, place a pizza stone on rack 1/4 of the way up from bottom of oven.  Preheat oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

Prepare the ingredients

Fry your potato hearts and arrow pieces. Set to the side.

Take one of your dough balls and place on a lightly floured surfaced and shape into a disk.  Then continue to pull out into the desired size of your pizza by draping it over the back of your hands, and continue to rotate dough with the back of your hands in a clockwise motion with the aid of your thumbs.

Sprinkle your lightly olive oiled baking sheet with a pinch of cornmeal then lay pizza dough directly on top to form shape.  Continue to go around the edges forming a slightly raised rim with the tips of your fingers by pinching and gathering the dough. Then shape into a heart.

Drizzle a 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil on the inside of the heart and then spread it around the inside with you fingers avoiding the rim.

Top with 1 cup mozzarella cheese,  a few jalapenos, red roasted bell pepper, and a few potato hearts. Break a raw egg in the middle and place pizza in oven for 11 minutes or until crust is golden!


Bake each pizza one at a time. Place your heart shaped  pizza on a plate and decorate with potato arrows, and serve with coffee,  fresh fruit, a little salad.

Icons On Inspiration Chocolate Cake

Icons On Inspiration Chocolate Cake


If you follow my page closely, then you know I am a music girl. It’s a big part of my world and it’s also a great way to get to know a person. People who are absolutely impassioned by melody surround themselves with others of the same interest. This attraction usually leads to hours of music banter. I love when I get caught up in a storm of musical stories… Listening to how certain songs came to be or changed someone’s path completely.

Cheddar Caramelized Onion Sourdough Loaf

Cheddar Caramelized Onion Sourdough Loaf


There are very few things that make me as happy as a freshly baked homemade Cheddar Caramelized Onion Sourdough Loaf. This bready gem is worth feeding your starter for month after month, year after year. I wrote this recipe down in hopes you will enjoy it this holiday season, as I know my family will be.

Mexican Chocolate Tres Leches Cupcakes

Mexican Chocolate Tres Leches Cupcakes

This post has been sponsored by NESTLÉ® LA LECHERA® and NESTLÉ® ABUELITA. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Mexican Chocolate Tres Leches Cupcakes

I’m not one to toot my own horn, but these Mexican Chocolate Tres Leches Cupcakes are so divinely delicious, they deserve to be celebrated by ALL this holiday season! I was shopping the Hispanic aisle at Walmart and spied a box of NESTLÉ® ABUELITA sitting next to NESTLÉ® LA LECHERA® . It was like all the pieces of the puzzle came together at once in my mind and I thought I should make a batch of Abuelita Chocolate Tres Leches cupcakes.  I wanted that unmistakable taste of authentic Mexican hot chocolate with a unique cinnamon touch for my Tres Leches cupcakes. Then I quickly thought of the creamy consistency, and sweet, luscious texture of La Lechera sweetened condensed milk and knew this would be my milk base. I made individual cupcakes for easy packaging and sharing with loved ones over the holidays, because ultimately that’s what it’s all about!

Dulce De Leche Pumpkin Pie

Dulce De Leche Pumpkin Pie


I was racking my head on how I could make Thanksgiving 2020 a nice experience for my family. My son is obviously disappointed that our annual trip to my cousin’s house for a feast is cancelled this year. I told him it’s a small sacrifice the whole country is making to save lives. I also promised him I would organize a zoom or facetime dessert meeting on Thanksgiving with the rest of our family. For some reason that still didn’t feel good enough for him. Then I suggested I write a recipe for a Dulce De Leche Pumpkin Pie and send it to all my family members so they could make it in their homes and we could eat our pies together virtually. My boy and extended family loved that idea and we are going to bring it to life this Thanksgiving.