Every year, when I start decorating my house for the holidays, I get homesick and miss being with my family, laughing, dancing, cooking and eating delicious Colombian food. That’s the disadvantage of living so far away from Colombia, but I am happy to be able to offer my family here in the United States and my readers all over the world some of my culture and cuisine.
My kids are half Colombian but are living a 100% American life. I do my best to show them some of my Colombian traditions, a bit of the passion I feel for my country, and our food. It is hard because I don’t have a lot of Colombian people around me, but I do my best.
Today I want to share with you guys a popular and traditional Colombian dessert that my grandmother always had on her table during the holidays, “Dulce de Brevas” or “Brevas Caladas”. It is simply figs cooked in a sugarcane (panela) syrup and served with white fresh cheese on the side and it is absolutely delicious.
24 fresh and firm figs
Juice of 1 lime
1 pound of panela
2 cinnamon sticks
1. Make a crosswise cut on the top side of each fig. Place the figs in a large bowl.
3. The next day rinse the figs and set a side.
4. Place the panela, cinnamon sticks and 7 cups of water in a large pot and cook over low heat until the panela is dissolved completely.
5. Add the figs and cook over low heat until the panela has a syrupy consistency, for about 1 hour and 40 minutes stirring occasionally.
6. Serve the brevas with queso fresco on the side or refrigerate in a covered glass jar up to a week.