Treasures of Colombia: Torta de Zanahoria and Pie de Ciruela (Colombian Street Food)

Hmmm, I just love me some desserts & more desserts.

The Word “dessert” originated from the French word “desservir” which means “to clear the table” William Vaughan (2003). It is an all-time favorite that is enjoyed over the entire world.

treasures of colombia with stacey ann smith

Torta de Zanahoria & Pie de Ciruela (Colombian Street Food)

By: Stacey-Ann Smith

Normally desserts consist of sweet or savory foods, fruits, liqueur or beverages, depending on the country or household. In Colombia, dessert or (postre) as it is called in Spanish is very important to the country´s cuisine and way of life.

Carrot Cake (Torta de Zanahoria) & Plum Pie (Pie de Ciruela).

Colombians have a “sweet tooth” and as a result, they create delicacy after delicacy to comfort the tongue and soothe the stomach after a rich and heavy meal.

They also like to relax and spend quality time with family and friends and so there is always time to sit back and relish a delicious postre.

Two such delicacies are the famous sweet carrot cake (torta de zanahoria) and a special prune pie (pie de ciruela).

The carrot cake is so diverse in taste having different textures combined such as peanuts and raisins which really push the taste to the next level. On the other hand, the “pie de ciruela” is a pie made with prune filling that is smooth and tart…like a jam paste.

There are so many different desserts (postres) here in Colombia to choose from such as cakes, pies, flans and puddings to name a few.

Whether as an appetizer, afternoon snack, after meal or just before going to bed; you won’t feel disappointed as it will only satisfy the needy areas of your mouth and stomach.

Postres (DESSERTS) are a must when next you visit Colombia!


About the writer:

Stacey Ann Smith is from Kingston, Jamaica.  She is an alumna of Camperdown High School and she graduated from The Shortwood Teachers’ College having earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Modern Languages, Spanish and French. Presently, Stacey is an English teacher at a University in Colombia.  She describes herself as a vivacious and loving person who also has a passion for traveling, taking pictures, her son Nicholas and Ashley, her adorable feline.


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