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January 26, 2022

In Venezuela, it is common to have food or sweets that are eaten only in
some seasons of the year, at Christmas time it is common to eat various
desserts that are prepared only in December. Today, we will talk about some of the most common sweets throughout the country, starting with
the black cake.

Torta Negra.

What is the black cake?

It is a maceration of different fruits with liquor. It is presumed that it originated
in the year 1865 and that it became popular because of the high nutritional
value it provided at that time and because of the time, it can be preserved,
since if it is sprinkled with a little wine daily it can be kept intact for several
days without the need of refrigeration.

Nowadays this cake is usually found in bakeries, supermarkets, or stores that
sell handicrafts since thanks to its fame it is common that it has been
commercialized, but it can also be prepared at home.


How can black cake be tasted?

Nowadays it is common to consume it with any kind of hot coffee, a glass of
wine, a soda, or simply with water. It is common to eat it as breakfast or as a
dessert, for example, after the traditional Christmas dinner with the family it is
common to eat this cake as a dessert.

How is the black cake prepared?

The ingredients are:

  • Butter with salt
  • Sugar
  • All-purpose flour
  • Eggs
  • Cocoa
  • Macerated candied fruits
  • Nuts such as peanuts, almonds, walnuts, etc (chopped)
  • Nutmeg
  • Cinnamon
  • Vanilla
  • Liqueur

To begin we must dilute, over low heat, the butter with the cocoa, and apart
from this mix the sugar with the eggs. After these two mixtures are ready, we
will unite them and add the flour, we will beat them until everything is united.

After all, this is perfectly united we will add the candied fruits and the dried
fruits, join them to the dough, and add the cinnamon, the nutmeg, and the
liquor according to your taste.

Finally, we will take it to the oven at 180 degrees, for about an hour and it will
be ready to taste when you put a toothpick in it and it comes out dry.
Now let's talk about another typical dessert called Panetón.


The Paneton

What is the Paneton?

This is bread with candied fruits, chocolate chips, or a liquid chocolate center
inside. This bread is not originally from Venezuela but it is very common to
find it in supermarkets or bakeries in the country, but not being originally from
Venezuela it can be accessed in other countries with different names such as
Panetone, Pan de Pascua,pan dulce.

How to enjoy Panetón?

It has a slightly hard and dry texture, so it is ideal to consume it with a drink to
improve its tasting. These drinks can be hot coffee, sodas, natural juices,
water, or any other beverage of your preference.

This is also ideal to share at Christmas dinners or as a snack on any day of
December or January.

How is Paneton prepared?

The ingredients for this bread are:

  • Bakers yeast
  • Sugar
  • Warm milk
  • Raisins and chopped almonds
  • Egg yolks
  • Flour
  • Lemon and orange candied and cut into pieces
  • Salt
  • Soft butter
  • Grated lemon zest

To start this preparation we must dissolve the yeast in the warm milk, together
with a spoonful of sugar, then cover it and let it rest for 5 minutes
approximately until it rises.

Then mix the flour with the yeast, the rest of the sugar, the egg yolks, the
lemon grater, and the salt. This should be kneaded until it is compacted.

After it is compacted, add the butter and continue kneading for about 5 minutes
approximately or until the texture is smooth and perfect, then let it rest for
about 30 minutes where the dough will rise and become fluffy.

Now we will add the lemon, the orange, and the dried chips, knead until all
this is integrated, and let it rest again for 20 minutes.

Finally, we will put our bread in the oven at 180 degrees, for approximately
one hour until it is poked with a toothpick and it comes out dry. Let it cool and
it will be ready to enjoy.

These are the two most common desserts in Venezuela, let us know if you
want to know about other desserts from other typical dates.