July 22, 2012

National Penuche Day


"I prefer to regard a dessert as I would imagine the perfect woman:  subtle, a little bittersweet, not blowsy and extrovert.  Delicately made up, not highly rouged.  Holding back, not exposing everything and, of course, with a flavor that lasts." - Graham Kerr

It's National Penuche Day!

And disaster thy name is penuche.

I had no idea what penuche was until today. First off, I thought it was pronounce "pah-noosh." It's not. It's pronounced "pa-nooch-ee." And second of all, I thought it had to do with patchouli. It doesn't. It's a fudge-like candy made from brown sugar, butter, and cream.

Wow, was I off.

Penuche is a common thing in New England (as a New Englander I would just like to state that I have never - in two plus decades - ever had this before today). Apparently it's similar to a boiled icing that used to be quite popular in Hawaii called "Panocha" or "Noochie." It was used to top prune cake (sounds likes sticky toffee pudding to me).

I attempted to make some vegan penuche using a recipe I found. While it smelled good, looked good, and tasted good... it never set into fudge. It stayed runny like an ice cream topping (which is how I ate it - take that, failure!).

Happy National Penuche Day!