Much is heard about salt flower, but what is this ingredient? If you came to this publication it is because you are asking this question right now and we are here to explain. Then, we will give you some dessert tips with the ingredient that are delicious. So you can try the fleur de sel at home mesmo
First, let’s answer the question that you don’t want to shut up. Basically, flor de sal is a set of crystals, formed in the most superficial layer of the salt flats. The process originally appeared in France and depends on manual work to remove these crystals from the surface, a fact that also ends up making the product more expensive.
Nowadays, however, other parts of the world are extracting these salt crystals. Here in Brazil, for example, Rio Grande do Norte is a major producer of the ingredient! That’s because the state’s climate is ideal for the formation of crystals, with lots of sun and wind.
WHAT IS YOUR DIFFERENTIAL?
The differences when compared to common salt are several. In addition to being removed only from the surface, while common salt is all the rest of the amount of saline, the fleur de sel undergoes few industrial processes before reaching the market.
Common salt is processed and refined. Consequently, he ends up receiving additives and other chemical components.
The fleur de sel, on the other hand, does not undergo any kind of refinement, maintaining its shape and natural minerals. This is also the reason why it also has a lower sodium concentration. What’s more, the ingredient has a higher concentration of zinc, iron, magnesium, potassium … It is an extensive list of benefits, a factor that ends up contributing to increase the value of the product.
HOW TO USE?
Now that we know more about the ingredient, another question comes. How to enjoy the best that the fleur de sel has to offer us? It is recommended that the product be used only for finishing dishes, avoiding the heat of the fire. This is because the heating of the crystals ends up reducing some of its main characteristics, such as the texture so particular. So try to use the product just to give that final touch to the preparations!
Now, if your intention is to leave only a light salty flavor in sweets, for example, the fleur de sel may be your greatest ally. Because the sodium concentration ends up being much lower ?
SWEET RECIPES WITH SALT FLOWER
CHOCOLATE PIE WITH SALTED CARAMEL
For those who love sweets with chocolate, this is the perfect pie. The fleur de sel comes both in the preparation of the salted caramel, as well as in the finalization of the dessert, maintaining the most crunchy texture of the ingredient.
SALTED CARAMEL BRIGADEIRO
If you want to leave the comfort zone and prepare a different brigadeiro, go without fear in this option. The salted caramel, as in the previous pie, enhances the chocolate flavor and brings an extra touch to the candy.
In this recipe, we used the fleur de sel only to finish the dessert. The ingredient blends perfectly with the layers of ganache, biscuit and caramel!