Once again, my special thanks to Dommy! for turning me on to the Hojaldras when we met at Mercado La Paloma last month. For those who have never had one, a hojaldra (at least this version) comes as a large circle, about 12 across. It is pastry with ham and cheese in the middle, sprinkled with sugar on top then baked. They have a nice design on top. They are a type of dessert from the Yucatan. Pop a slice in the microwave or toaster oven to warm it, add some Cholula and life is good, my friends! At around $6.50 each a steal! I just ate 2 pieces for breakfast and shared the last piece with my friend Marcela who hails originally from the northern part of Mexico City. She has never had it before and thought it was fabulous!
A thank you also goes out to Robert (who I met at Papa Cristos on Sunday) for suggesting I try the meat empanadas ($.50 each or 3 for $1.25). You were correct they are great as well! I plan on going back very soon to get more! I wonder if they freeze well
At La Flor, I spoke with Marc who is very passionate and knowledgeable about what they offer. He spent a good deal of time explaining what everything was. I ended up with way more than I planned on buying, but hey, whos complaining??!! I got guava, yam and coconut and another type of sweet empanada (my mind is drawing a blank) along with the meat ones.
They offer Cochinita Pibil and tamales (along with other items) on the weekends, but since I had just pigged out at Papa Cristos, I didnt try them (not saying that I am not planning on it, though!). They have Mexican sweet breads, amongst many other offerings and specialize in tres leches cakes. He went on to tell me that the Yucatan has a big middle eastern influence and described a dish that sounded heavenly!! He even threw in a few free empanadas!
I will definitely be going back SOON they are open 7 days a week from 7am 8pm.
La Flor de Yucatan Bakery
1800 S Hoover Street
Los Angeles, CA 90006