AIFA ‘takes you’ through pastries: this is the history of the typical dish of Hidalgo

Felipe Angeles International Airport (AIFA) is the new sensation for Mexicans who live in the Metropolitan Area of ​​the Valley of Mexico, since, in addition to providing domestic flights and an international one, it has a couple of museums and other attractions.

For this reason, since its opening, hundreds of people have arrived at the Santa Lucia airport to see their facilities. And to this is added the possibility of enjoying the ‘goodness’ of the surrounding states, including gastronomy.

This is how the governor of Hidalgo presumed it, omar fayadduring the inauguration ceremony on March 21, who promoted the food of his entity “minutes” from the AIFA.

“I hope that now they know that as soon as they land at this airport, in minutes they will have the best barbecue, the best wild boar and escamoles. It will be very close to them (Hidalgo) to go eat,” he commented.

However, there is another typical dish originally from Hidalgo lands: the cakeswhich, in addition to being succulent, have a peculiar history.

Pastes: History and origin

The paste was introduced by the British in Mexico. It all started at Hidalgo mineswhen the English investors began to relate to the miners of our country.

The Europeans carried a saucer they called “cake” similar to shepherd’s pie, which consists of a cake stuffed with potatoes and cheese. The miners They discovered that it was an excellent food, since it was viable due to the long working hours they had.


In addition, they thought of consuming it inside the mines because they could eat its interior and then throw away the shore that they touched with their hands, since they could not wash them inside the caves. With this, they reduced the possibility of intoxication and, best of all, they satisfied their hunger!

Pastries from Real del Monte

Royal of the Mount It is the name of a Hidalgo town, but also of a mining region, which belongs to Pachuca.

In addition, it is part of the set of real mines that were exploited since colonial times. Among the owners of these mines is the Count of Regla, Don Pedro Romero de TerrerosCroesus of New Spain and founder of the National Monte de Piedad which, to date, operates in the Historic Center of Mexico City.

The miners cornish they arrived at Real del Monte in the 19th centurywho are the ones to whom the pastes were attributed, but not only that, but football, the Methodist church, as well as a cemetery in the area.

According to Víctor Miguel Licona Duarte, in his work titled “The miners Cornish in the mining district of Pachuca and Real del Monte. An ethnic minority in Mexico (1849-1906)”, are of Celtic origin, who live in the extreme southwest of England and were brought as workers by the British businessmen to Mexico.

This is how the men and women who accompanied the miners brought their traditions and the cake recipewhose peculiarity is that in its filling they have meat or potatoes.

Over time, the paste not only changed its name -before it was cake– but also its filling has undergone modifications.

In “The pastecornish: The history of the paste” –document found in the Acosta Mine-Site Museum–, it is indicated that the filling of the cake can include fruit.

From now on, keep in mind that the hard work of the miners and their sacrifices inside the mines can be remembered by eating the succulent pastries.

Pastry branch at the AIFA. Credit: Alina Macias

And if you dare to visit the AIFA, Don’t forget that you can enjoy some delicious pastries even without leaving the airport facilities, where there is already a branch of the Kikos chain. _With information from Kitchen History and Gastronomads.