Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Body of Christ? A Random Post

One of my favourite Mexican sweet treats is cajeta (pronounced ca-HAY-ta) --- carmelized sweetened condensed goat's milk. It can also be made with cow's milk. You might know it as dulce de leche. It's easy to make at home. Simply immerse an unopened can of sweetened condensed milk (like Eagle Brand) in a pot of water. Cover with 1" - 2" of water and bring to a boil. Turn it to low and simmer it for about an hour and a half. Top up with water if the top of the can is near exposure. Turn the can over and simmer for another hour or two. The longer, the darker the result. Let it cool. The substance carmelizes and makes a wonderful candy. At the bottom of the linked article are instructions for making it in the crock pot/slow cooker or pressure cooker.

 It is sold in a jar but also in little patties called obleas - wafers.
The two 'wafers' contain the little, bite-sized blob of cajeta and are individually wrapped. What are the wafers, you ask? They're unconsecrated communion wafers or 'host'. Some know it as the 'Body of Christ'. In fact some people call it BOC candy. Although sometimes the cajeta oozes out the sides, the wafers minimize the stickiness. Sometimes one even gets one with double wafers.
Although made in Mexico, it's readily available where I make my winter home in south Texas.

Communion wafers. Who knew?

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