Wednesday, December 09, 2020

Pella de gofio dulce (Sweet gofio roll)

Gofio with honey and almonds

Among recipes typical for the Canary Islands at Christmas, I found a recipe for Pella de gofio dulce (Sweet gofio roll), which reminded me of the Italian and Portuguese dessert Chocolate salami. (You could add chocolate, I guess.)

Pella, pella de gofio or bola de gofio, is a typical recipe of the gastronomy of the Canary Islands, which has always been part of the cuisine of the native population thanks to the high calorific value. Canarian kneaded gofio pella can be prepared savory or sweet. The savory variety is prepared by kneading the gofio with water or broth, olive oil, salt and served as bread or as an accompaniment to other dishes, such as the Canarian sancocho.

The elaboration of this gofio pella with honey and almonds is super easy, kneading all the ingredients to obtain a solid and compact sausage or ball, served after being cut into slices.


 200 grams of Gofio

 6 tablespoons of honey (or agave syrup to make it vegan)

 100 grams of peeled almonds

 1 tablespoon lemon zest

 2 teaspoons cinnamon

 100 grams of Raisins

 1 cup of water (240 milliliters)


Soak the raisins for 10-15 minutes. Meanwhile, crush the almonds. Next, separate the raisins into two  and crush half with the almonds.

Place the gofio, the crushed almonds with raisins, the other half of the raisins, the cinnamon, the lemon zest and the agave or honey syrup in a bowl. Mix everything well so that the ingredients are incorporated.

Little by little add water to the bowl, kneading the gofio ball with your hands until you obtain a dense and solid dough. Then with your hands, form a rounded elongated bar. 

Finally, cut into slices and serve.

Pella de gofio dulce