Ka’I Ladrillo: Dessert from Paraguay
What is it?
Paraguayan desserts are all of a big caloric content, because after
the War of Paraguay against the Triple Alliance, the country was left
in a very poor condition, not enough food for everybody, so they had
to increase calories in their diets as the little they could eat would
give them enough energy for the whole day. Therefore, their cooking
has a high content of proteins and their desserts a high content of
They also have very interesting names. And though in our days some
of their favorite desserts are canned fruits or fresh fruits, let’s
look into some of their more interesting desserts and learn about
Let’s prepare ka’i ladrillo or, also called azukapé
manduví. These guaraní words stand for “sugar”
The word Ka’i goes for a monkey (ka’i mirikina) who loves
very sweet things. Ladrillo means “brick” because of the
shape this dessert takes.
1 cup molasses
½ cup of toasted peanuts
(1/4 cup of bitter orange juice if you choose to add it)
Put the molasses in a pan, take it to a boil, stirring all the time,
until you can see the bottom of the pan when you pass the wooden spoon
(always better with a wooden spoon!). Then drop in the peanuts and
cook this preparation four more minutes. Drop this in any molds you
prefer, better if they are flat ones, damped with cold water, Let
them cool and take it out of the molds and serve them! If you prefer,
you can add some fruit juice, be it orange or other that you choose
to give an extra flavor to it, while still boiling it.
This recipe should be enough for three servings, you can double it
if you want to make more of it.