More Food Porn: Barfi

I had a longer post in mind for today, but considering the recent news, and that everyone and their mother will be talking about that, let me simply offer up some eye candy.

The above is known as Barfi, an South-Asian confection. I had purchased this particular specimen last summer in London at a Indian Bakery found in the East End. At the time, I was thinking about how to include Indian confectionery into the candy book, but ultimately decided that to do so would expand the book’s scope far too much.

This is to take nothing away from the various Indian treats out there. It is simply that there are quite a lot of them. Barfi itself has dozens of versions, sub-versions, and iterations off of those versions. Each of these would be dependent upon region, resources, and tradition. Typically, condensed milk is involved, and some sort of sweetener, usually corn syrup or cane sugar syrup, and then nuts, or coconut (as pictured above) or any number of other ingredients that are added. And as I soon found out, many confections in South Asia have this characteristic. Once I recognized that entering into this aspect of confectionery history would be a tremendous endeavor, I backed out almost immediately. South-Central Asian confectionery deserves its own book.

All of this is my way of telling you that I have almost no knowledge of this aspect of culinary history. But it does make a damn fine photograph.

Oh, and the name? Wikipedia says ” The name is derived from the Persian word barf which means snow since barfi is similar to ice/snow in appearance.” Do with that information what you will.


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