Hot guava jam oozes out like viscous lava after I have taken my first bite of the roscon leaving my bite-mark resembling an open wound in this sweet pastry. I reflect, this pain viennois Colombian style, may just be the perfect mid afternoon snack on a grey Bogota afternoon, a tonic for high altitude chills and the urge for some sugary goodness.
So typical, so very ordinary, the bocadillo guava or indeed arequipe caramel filled roscon can be found in almost any bakery in the capital ready to cater to the hoi polloi.
However, in recent years a few enterprising souls have dared to push the boundaries of the banal roscon known to Bogotano grandparents by opening roscon dedicated cafes and offering savory options that include smoked salmon and ratatouille versions amongst others. If you are feeling adventurous and fancy a contemporary take on this traditional pastry, head to any one of the La Rosconeria outlets in Parque Central la Bavaria, Usaquen or even as far adrift as Villa de Leyva.
And, if your Colombian abuelita shudders at the thought of such heresy to a traditional sweet, then leave her behind, or just stroll through the Candelaria stopping at the antiquated bakeries and cafes along the way and try one from any quantity of traditional roscon options.