Caramel, One of my Favourite Edible Colours

Caramel is one of my favourite edible colours, after chocolate of course.

In Vietnam we visited a snack factory on our tour of the Mekong River. Here they were making caramel over a fire fuelled by the left-over rice husks, a clever way to re-use waste products.Making caramel over a fire fuelled by rice husks at the snack factory on the Mekong River in VietnamThe caramel was cut into squares and packaged.Cutting and wrapping caramels at the snack factory on the Mekong River in VietnamHere is a Malaysian dessert with fried banana, ice cream, peanuts and caramel sauce.  Fried banana with ice cream, peanuts and caramel sauceIn my ‘Food and Wine of the Rhone Valley’ we made Pine Nut Custard Pie with Caramel & Whiskey Sauce for dessert. A pastry dough was prepared along with a custard cream filling that contained the usual suspects (egg yolks, milk, sugar, flour) plus a few more unusual ingredients (lemon zest, orange blossom water). Whisking the caramel topping for dessert, just before adding a splash (or two, or more) of whiskey.13FeRhone1WhiskCaramel9690wHere it is: Pine Nut Custard Pie with Caramel & Whiskey Sauce. You have to visit the my Rhone Cooking page in order to find out the wine pairing for this delectable dessert.Rhone Valley Cooking: Custard Nut Pie Moving from France south to Spain, here is a flan from a ‘menu del día‘ with a burnt sugar caramel topping.Flan from a 'Menu del Dia' in SpainFlan is also popular in Argentina, here it is served with dulce de leche and two spoons. The flan has a caramelized top of burnt sugar, the dulce de leche is really gooey and made of caramelized milk.
Flan with dulce de leche and two spoonsAnother popular treat in Argentina, especially with the merienda (afternoon ‘tea’), is alfajores, con chocolate, galleta y dulce de leche.Alfajores, con chocolate, galleta y dulce de leche.Empanadas filled with ‘cajeta’, as Mexicans call their caramelized milk. Pastries at La Vasconia, a traditional Mexican bakery in Mexico CityCajeta in a jar for sale in Mexico, made with goat milk. Cajeta in a jar for sale in MexicoSome Mexican candies: tamarind fruit roll (dark maroon), occasionally spiked with hot chile powder; guava fruit roll (light brown); and cajeta (goat’s milk caramel) with a fudge-like texture and pecans on top!
Hmmm, we are getting close to Christmas, maybe time to whip up some of these treats….

More of Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Caramel Colour.

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