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Venezuelan Cachapa

Origins

The origen of the cachapa is in the central Venezuelan region, where the Indians who lived there before the Spaniards came grew the corn plants. And most of their food was based on that plant. Corn was believed to be of divine origen, a gift of the Gods. And it has been one of the main sources of nourishment for them. In our actual days the situation is just the same, as corn is very appreciated in Venezuela and many dishes are prepared based on corn.
Cachapas are a sort of thick pancakes made of grind corn kernels. Very tender corn cobs are used.

Recipe

Ingredients:

3 cups of corn kernels
2 teaspoons salt
½ cup sugar
½ cup of milk
4 tablespoons of grated cheese

Preparation:

Put all the ingredients in a blender, and see how the mixture gets to be like a pancake dough. In case it is too dry, add a little bit more of milk.
In a pancake frying pan put a little of oil, so it doesn’t stick, you can use a paper towel to oil the pan. Drop with a serving spoon an amount of dough to cover the pancake pan. Let it cook on one side, then turn it and let it cook on the other side.
As you take it out of the pan, butter it, and put some cream cheese, or mozzarella cheese inside, fold it in two. Ready to eat!
In case you prefer, you can use canned corn too.
There’s another excellent way to try them, not adding cheese to the dough, and after you butter it, add syrup or some jelly. Wonderful taste…..

 

 

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