There is no doubt that Spanish cuisine is recognised and appreciated all over the world. Along with the good weather, traditional tapas, paella, olive oil or wine are probably the main attractions for tourists visiting Spain. However, there are many other products worth being discovered, such as the variety of delicious desserts made throughout the country. In this article, we will present to you five that will blow your mind, and not only because how tasty they are!
Pan de calatrava (Calatrava’s bread)
Pan de calatrava is not exactly bread, although that’s usually one of its main ingredients (sponge cake can also be used instead). It is not sure, either, that its origins lie in La Mancha’s Campo de Calatrava. What is undeniable is that this pudding baked in a bain-marie and very typical of the Region of Murcia is a great way to finish a meal.
We are not leaving the Region of Murcia, as paparajote is a one-of-a-kind dessert made by the inhabitants of the fertile area surrounding the capital city. What makes it so unique is its peculiar preparation method, which consists of dipping a lemon tree leaf in dough, frying it and rolling it in sugar and cinnamon.
Warning: do not eat the leaf!!!
Tocino de cielo (heaven’s bacon)
We will now start a very brief journey through the influence of religion on Spanish traditional confectionery. After all, this is one of the many Spanish desserts whose origins are said to lie in a convent’s kitchen.
Tocino or tocinillo de cielo has one of the most peculiar and misleading names in Spanish cuisine: it has nothing to do with pork. It consists of a mix of syrup and whipped yolks baked in a bain-marie.
Stay away from it if you are on a diet or have cholesterol problems!
Yemas de Santa Teresa (Saint Teresa’s yolks)
With this dessert, the city of Ávila pays tribute to its most illustrious daughter, Saint Teresa of Jesus. In this case, the name is not misleading at all. Yemas de Santa Teresa are precisely little balls made of a mix of whipped yolks and syrup with a coat of icing sugar.
Huesos de santo (Bones of a saint)
Despite its unappetizing name, huesos de santo are really popular among Spaniards on All Saints’ Day. They are little marzipan rolls filled with a sweet yolk cream resembling little bones and the marrow in them.
Have you ever tried any of them? If you have, tell us which one and how you liked it!