Flavors of South Florida, both savory and sweet

12/13/2012 12:00 AM

12/13/2012 9:50 AM

Looking for an out-of-the-ordinary taste of South Florida to share with friends and family over the holidays? Here are a two delicious possibilities.

Venezuelan

Venezuelans celebrate the season with savory pan de jamon (ham bread) and hallacas (meat-stuffed tamales). Family-owned Charlotte Bakery offers logs of the bread made with yeasted dough or house-made puff pastry enhanced with garlic. A filling of ham, bacon, pimiento olives and raisins is rolled up jelly-roll style. The golden brown loaves create a pinwheel pattern when sliced.

Harry Coleman and his wife, Michelle, turn out 300 loaves a day through Christmas; order ahead to ensure you get one. On Christmas Eve, they’ll offer roasted turkeys, pork shoulder and pot roast with rice and beans for a take-home feast.

Charlotte Bakery, 1499 Washington Ave., Miami Beach; 305-535-0095; pan de jamon $25, hallacas $6, take-home feasts $80-$140.

Guatemalan

Guatemalan-born Clara Santana bakes banana cakes from a 100-year-old recipe that was passed down from her Tia Martita. Made with all-natural ingredients including bananas from local farms, they’re so moist they don’t need frosting. The flavor is rich and full of banana with a hint of cinnamon.

The loaf-shaped cakes are baked to order in a leased commercial kitchen, so they are always fresh. Variations are available with blueberries, walnuts or chocolate chips. Delicious for breakfast or as dessert with a dollop of whipped cream, the cakes are available year round.

Martita’s Banana Cakes; large cakes $8, small cakes $4; order at 786-223-7264 or martitasbananacake.com.

Linda Bladholm is a Miami food writer and personal chef who blogs at FoodIndiaCook.com.

Join the Discussion

Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Terms of Service