A perfect blend of sweet and savoury and made from crisp, crumbly pastry, the origin of the golfeado goes back to the city of Petare, in Venezuela. During the first half of the 20th century, Petare was a town isolated from other homesteads, where many travellers stocked up food and other sorts of equipment, before continuing their journeys.
    According to local newspapers from the time, the famous golfeado was created in the central bakery by siblings Genaro and María Duarte, who would sell very popular pastries baked in a wood oven.
  • “The word “Golfeado” or “Golfiado” appeared more than a century ago at a coffee plantation near Caracas…”

    The golfeado is a sweet roll made with self rising flour, in a spiral shape, seasoned with unrefined sugar molasses, aniseed and white cheese, it became very popular and the recipe was rapidly copied, expanding through different neighbourhoods and towns around Caracas. Nowadays they can be found in any bakery in Venezuela.

    The origin of the name is unknown, but according to popular tradition the word “Golfeado” or “Golfiado” appeared more than a century ago at a coffee plantation near Caracas. There, one of the varieties of coffee bean — “caracolito” (little snail) — was called “Golfiao” by the farmers, so one theory is that when one of them saw this sweet treat, they remarked it had the same shape as this coffee bean. And the rest is history?

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