Delicious peruvian dessert that you can make at home.

Turron Doña Pepa is a peruvian dessert that is most popularly prepared during the month of October for celebrations of the Lord of Miracles, but in reality you can buy it all year round in the grocery stores.



  • 1lb cake flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 8 oz. (about 1 cup) vegetable shortening, very cold and cut in pieces
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted and ground
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon anise seeds
  • 2 oz anise liquor
  • Candy sprinkles


  • 2 pieces of molasses
  • 2 quinces
  • Rind of 1 orange
  • 6 cloves
  • 2 cups water


  • Preheat the oven to 350F.
  • Put anise seeds in a cup and pour boiling water over them.
  • Put in the fridge until very cold.
  • In the working bowl of a food processor, pulse five or six times until everything looks like coarse oatmeal: flour, salt, and shortening. Transfer the mixtureto a bowl and add the egg yolks, anise liquor and anise water, and sesame seeds. Add anise water, tablespoon-by-tablespoon, mixing with a fork, until the dough holds together without being crumbly.
  • Put in the fridge until ready to use.
  • Divide in small portions (I used an ice cream scoop so all the pieces were the same size.)
  • Take a small portion of the dough and roll over a floured table, to form a long cylinder, like one finger thick and 10inches long. Repeat with all the dough. Put the sticks in a baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes or until lightly golden.
  • Meanwhile, prepare the syrup: Chop the molasses and pour in a saucepan with the fruit, cinnamon, and cloves.
  • Add water and bring to a boil, turn down the heat, and continue cooking, undisturbed, until it is thick and syrupy. Be careful because it overflows when it’s boiling. Strain and let cool.
  • Cover a baking sheet with parchment. Take ¼ of the pastry sticks and put them horizontally, one next to the other. Cover withlots of syrup. Make another layer of pastry sticks, now vertically, and again cover with syrup. Repeat with the rest of the sticks and syrup.
  • Finally, pour syrup all over the turron, sprinkle with candies.

Turrón Doña Pepa