||[ Saturday, 31 Oct 09 | 00:11 ]
Recently gorkabear posted about Panellets, the traditional dessert of All Saints Day (the day after Hallowe'en) here in Catalunya. Panellets (Catalan for little breads) are small cakes or cookies in different shapes, mostly round, made mainly of marzipan (almond paste). There are recipe variations using boniato, a type of sweet potato, or using regular potatoes, or a combination of these.The most popular are the panellets of pine nuts, made of the basis of the panellet dipped in batter of pine nuts and varnishing with egg white. There are other varieties that have coverings of almonds, coconut, hazelnuts, cherries, even chocolate.
Panellets date back to the 18th century, when they were used as blessed food to share after some holy celebrations. Now they are just another seasonal dessert that is enjoyed. It seems like every month there is some sort special pastry available. The stores are already starting to display turrón for the end of the year.
There were various assortments of panellets on sale at Alcampo today and I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to try some. They are as tasty as they look.
Assortment of Panellets
Photographer's note: ExpoDisc used for WB. Mainly fluorescent light. EXIF intact.