What is the Canarian Gofio and how to use it
The most recognised food product of the Canary Islands, after the banana, is gofio. This food has a leading role in Canarian gastronomy and its popularity has even transcended its borders. Not only is it consumed in other regions of Spain, but it is also well known in Latin America thanks to Canarian emigration in the 19th and 20th centuries.
For those who do not know it, gofio canario is a variety of flour made from toasted cereals such as millet, corn, wheat or barley. It has a dark yellowish colour, as unlike refined flours, all parts of the cereal are used in its production: the germ, the endosperm and the bran. This also makes it a very nutritious product because it contains fibre, vitamins and minerals, as well as only a few calories.
The production of this flour is simple. The grains are roasted, allowed to cool and then grinded. In the past, the grains were grinded by hand in stone mills. Nowadays, however, electric mills are used, as they allow the grains to be grinded more easily and more quickly, while leaving the characteristics and consistency of the cereal intact.
After grinding the cereal, the resulting flour is refined by sieving it. This results in a finer, almost powdered product, which makes it easier to dissolve in liquids such as broth or milk.
Uses of gofio in modern cooking
This typical food of the Canarian gastronomy has many uses in today’s cuisine. In the past, gofio was widely used to dissolve in hot water and to prepare a kind of smoothie. Today it is common to dissolve it in milk as if it were cocoa. In addition, it is widely used in delicious recipes such as grilled cheese with gofio and palm honey that is prepared in the Navaja Restaurant.
This product is also common in sweet recipes, one of the best known being banana with gofio. This flour can also be used in cakes, biscuits and even ice cream. As you can see, the uses of gofio in the kitchen are numerous. So, if you want to try it, there are many options available and, best of all, they are delicious.