AT A GLANCE
If you like golden syrup dumplings, you'll love the caramel notes the panela sugar brings to this version.
|01||For espresso-caramel ice-cream, bring cream, milk and espresso to the simmer over medium-high heat. Meanwhile, whisk yolks and sugar in a bowl until pale caramel-coloured (4-5 minutes), then, whisking continuously, add cream mixture and whisk to combine. Return to pan and stir continuously until mixture coats the back of a wooden spoon thickly (5-6 minutes). Strain into a bowl placed over ice, stir occasionally until chilled, freeze in an ice-cream machine, then freeze until required. Makes about 1 litre.|
|02||Sift flour and baking powder into a bowl, add rind and a pinch of salt, then add butter and rub in with your fingertips. Whisk buttermilk, egg and yolk in a jug to combine. Make a well in the centre of dry ingredients, add buttermilk mixture and stir to combine.|
|03||For panela syrup, stir sugar, maple syrup, espresso, butter, lemon juice and 330ml water in a saucepan over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves, then bring to the simmer. Add tablespoons of batter, cover and simmer, turning occasionally, until dumplings are puffed and cooked through (5-6 minutes). Serve hot dumplings and syrup with espresso-caramel ice-cream.|
Note Panela sugar is produced mainly in Colombia, where it's usually sold in block form; in Australia, it's more often seen as a granulated product.
AT THE RISK OF GOING INTO A SUGAR COMA, TRY THIS WITH A GLASS OF RUTHERGLEN TOPAQUE (THE NEW NAME FOR TOKAY). , suggested by MAX ALLEN