Coconut kisses: The “traditional coconut kisses of the Caribbean cuisine of some Latin American countries, such as Venezuela , Colombia , Brazil , Puerto Rico and Cuba .
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Many typical sweets from Venezuela have been brought to the culture by the aborigines, such as majaretes and desserts that are made based on paper. Others have a more European origin such as the Jojoto Cake, the Pan Cake, the Banana Cake, as well as pineapple, guava, orange and coconut cheeses.
But when talking about typical Venezuelan sweets, the dessert list is long and all with a number of flavors, colors, textures and tastes so varied that there is one for each preference. The typical sweets of Venezuela date back to ancient times when indigenous ancestors combined their culture with that of the Spanish, but not only up to there, but over time it was complemented by various contributions from other foreign lands that became part of Venezuelan culture. But although it has a strong European influence, Venezuela is characterized for being a Caribbean, Amazonian and Atlantic country that makes recipes brought from outside be reinvented by adding the typical fruits and flavors of the territory. The fruit of the palm called coconut, is the protagonist of delicious sweets, desserts, drinks and dishes in the Caribbean. In Caribbean, Asian and Thai cuisine it is used with marked frequency in the preparation of various dishes. In Venezuela, the kisses ofcoconut , confectionery rice, coconut candy, tembleque, coconut flan , tres leche, Dulce de lechoza, which is not lacking in any home at Christmas, also drinks cold coconut water directly from the fruit. In the kitchen, sauces are made to accompany seafood such as shrimp, lobsters, prawns, etc. Later I will present one of these food recipes.
Did you know that coconut is an edible fruit obtained from the most cultivated palm worldwide. It has two shells: a fibrous, exterior and green and a hard, hairy and brown that has attached the pulp, which is white and aromatic. The origin of this plant is unknown, for some botanists it is of Asian origin and for others of the Caribbean. Regardless of their origin, coconut trees have spread through many of the world’s tropical zones, probably aided in many cases by the human factor. The coconut, as it is a resistant seed, is propagated over great distances by the marine currents, getting to see coconuts floating on the shores of the Norwegian Sea and even with the possibility of being germinated later in suitable places. Well here I leave these coconut kisses a delight and very easy to prepare,
The coconut kisses are an ancestral and traditional dessert of Venezuela, although it is said that they originate from [[Puerto Rico, where slaves substituted coconut butter for coconut milk in the preparation of desserts, and were also sweetened with the leftovers of honey or melao that they were given. This delicious dessert is also prepared in other Latin American countries, such as Cuba , Brazil and Colombia., and the first indications of its preparation date from the late 1700s, when cakes with wheat flour began to be prepared. As a cake, and smooth with great taste of coconut and paper, which are its main ingredients, coconut kisses are a tropical delight that can be enjoyed at any time of the day, whether as a dessert or snack. In Venezuela, it is common for street vendors to offer this and other Creole sweets, on the side of the roads, on the beaches or even at the doors of the houses of some towns, especially in the states of Anzoátegui , Aragua , Falcón , Miranda , Sucre , Vargas and Zulia. Variations can be found in recipes. However, the secret is in the sifting of the flour , the baking soda and the cooking, here is a homemade recipe.
First, the paper is chopped into small pieces and placed with the water to cook until it melts and forms a caramel, or melao and it is allowed to cool. Add the grated coconut to the melao and stir well. Then the flour is sifted or sieved, at least twice, the more times it is done the better the mixture will be. Separately beat the eggs and add the baking soda. Then the melao and the beaten eggs are joined, to then add the previously sifted flour, which is added little by little and mixes until there is a homogeneous mass. In a previously greased tray, place it by the tablespoons, at a safe distance so that they do not stick when growing, and take them to the oven for about 20-30 minutes at 180 ° F, or until they are golden brown. Let them rest … and taste the delicious coconut kisses!
Ingredients Coconut Kisses
- To prepare about 70 delicious coconut kisses you need:
- 2 grated coconuts
- 1 brown sugar roll
- 1 kilo of wheat flour
- 1 cup of water
- 1 tablespoon of baking soda
- 2 eggs
- If desired, sweet anise or sweet cloves can be placed