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Venetian Caramel (El Franfraniche)

Contributor: Luigi Zanon

Venetian Caramel

Introduction

When these treats are made, kids were often wise volunteers in pulling the warm sugar. It was a lot of hands licking, indeed! Back then, "the lords" use to call the franfraniche, "lecca-lecca" or "lick-lick", lollypop in Italian, not probably knowing how much they were true!

To make the franfraniche was quite a heavy job. Zanmaria, one of the franfraniche in Santa Margherita, near "Vecchio" cinema, used to give to those kids who helped him in pulling the sugar a generous slice of gardo or chestnut cake. He was the grandchild of the famous Zanmaria de le fritole (Johnmary of the Doughnuts) and was carrying on the family tradition.

Ingredients

5 kg caster sugar
water
5 pc egg whites
food colours
toothpicks

Method

Cook 5 kg of caster sugar in water. Meanwhile, beat the 5 egg whites until stiff. When the sugar is cooked, stir in the beaten egg whites and pour the paste in a marble table top to cool.

Once the mixture gets warm, the paste is rolled in a thick cylinder, drawing along inside the length stripes of colors: red, green, yellow. The mixture is then stretched. The sugar “salami” is stretched by grabbing two ends and ply at half the salami on a hook fixed at the workbench base. The hands are constantly moistened so that it will not stick on the warm sugar and can continue pulling the ends.

When it’s long enough, the ends are worked again in the middle and the operation repeated. When well stretched, with the colors lined up and interwoven, the sugar, now very long and narrow, is set again on the marble, and cut into pieces of different sizes for different prices of about five or ten liras. A toothpick was driven in each piece and all are set in a plate then displayed to the public.

Original Venetian Version

Ma anca par far el “franfraniche” la jera ‘na fadiga…
El Zanmaria, quelo del “franfraniche” a S.Margherita, arente al cine vecio, a chi che ghe dava da man a tirar el “franfraniche” el ghe donava ‘na slepa de gardo.
El Zanmaria el jera el nevodo del famoso “Zanmaria de le fritole” de antica memoria, e el portava ancora avanti la tradission.

El toleva 5 chili de zucaro e lo cucinava in te l’aqua apena coverto, col jera coto lo destirava sora la tola de marmo che el se rafredasse, ma prima el ghe meteva dentro 5 ciare de vovo montae a neve. El lo fava suzo come un grosso salame e in mezo el ghe zontava par la so longhessa i colori de anilina che serviva: rosso, verde, zalo.
Dopo el vantava sto salame de zucaro e el scominsiava a tirarlo.

Par tirarlo el lo vantava par le do estremità, lo passava par un grosso ganso che el aveva tacà su la piantana del banchetto, e se dava ‘na spuaciada ne le man acciò che el zucaro no se tacasse, e lo tirava, po’ lo fava suzo come par piegarlo, nantra spuaciada e nantra tirada dei di pinzi sora el ganso.

Noantri putei che gavevimo zà visto come che el fava, se ofrivimo volontari par tiralo fin che el jera beo caldo. E zà ste spuaciae ne le man…

Col jera ben tirà e che tuti i so bravi colori i jera ben alineai, lo destirava da novo sora el marmo, lo tarava a tocheti secondo i pressi (da 5 o da 10 lire), el ghe impirava un steccadente e li meteva sul piato in bea mostra.

Co so deventà grando (se fa par dir…) go savùo che i siori lo ciamava - e i lo ciama ancora - el leca leca!

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