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Maggie Cale
Maggie Cale
Maggie Cale was born in the United States and has lived most of her life in Pennsylvania. She has a social work degree from Penn State University and finished her career in Washington, D.C. working with families. She moved to Yucatán in 2017 and has worked part-time ghostwriting for bloggers. She lives in Itzimná with her two dogs.

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

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

Abrasoles Pays

Pies, pies, and more pies with great flaky crusts, bite-size or whole, delivered to your home. 

Masiel Rangel and Roddy Fuentes have a unique story. They are both from Cuba and have traveled all over the world. They love cooking international dishes, and Masiel has been working on mastering the perfect pie crust. She tested a combination of traditional American pies, like apple and pecan, while looking for the perfect recipe using Caribbean fruits.

They both have fond memories of life in Cuba. Their grandmother and mother often made a coconut pie for sharing with family and friends. The pie crust has been changed to a rich, full butter crust, but the ingredients in the filling 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 looked for sweet pies and did not easily find them in Mexico. Upon moving to Mérida, they wanted something solid and tangible that they both felt good about creating. A shared passion for pie led to their dream project. 

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

They found a kitchen to create pies 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 a warm flaky, mouth-watering product. They only use natural ingredients and no preservatives.

Prices range from 85 to 100 pesos for an individual pie or 320 to 390 for a whole one. Delivery charges range from 20 to 50 pesos. Flavors include Cuban coconut, apple, guava, pineapple-coconut, and pecan. 

Message them on WhatsApp at 999-277-6893 or on Facebook. 

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

La Cheesecakeria

This bakery carries a variety of cheesecakes and brownies to mix and match in a custom tray. One cheesecake can be assembled from various flavors. So Oreo, Nutella, Kit Kat, and New York cheesecake could come in one order. A combo brownie/cheesecake tray serving nine might cost 135 pesos. 

A whole Oreo cheesecake for up to 10 people is under 300 pesos.

Call a day and a half ahead. However, a customer may stop and purchase what is available. La Cheesecakeria’s cheesecake is creamy and flavorful, even before toppings are added. 

See more on 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 / Yucatán Magazine

Rooli Rolls 

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

They are constantly creating new flavors, such as a strawberry jam-filled bun, festive for the holiday. Some of the flavors regularly on the menu are Oreo, Nutella, hazelnut, and Philadelphia Cream cheese. The cinnamon flavor is still my first love, but it is fun to have choices. 

Flavored buns run from 35 to 45 pesos. They also sell cookies, chocolate chips, Oreo, hazelnut cream, and brownies for 30 to 35 pesos. They melt in your mouth and are worth going out of your way for.

Rooli Rolls bakes daily for take-out or delivery. The staff is accommodating and the owner was there greeting customers when I visited. 

Avenida Andres Garcia Lavin No 328e, between 55 and 53, Col. San Antonio Cucul; 999-748-6447; open daily except Tuesday from 11 a.m, to 7 p.m. 

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