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Més panellets [ Saturday, 31 Oct 09 | 00:11 ]
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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.


[User Picture]From: albear_garni
Saturday, 31 Oct 09 | 04:50 (UTC)
Wow, these look absolutely scrumptious! I can't seem to find these via google here in SF, but I did find a recipe at epicurious.com. It doesn't seem to have the boniato in it, unfortunately....

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[User Picture]From: ursine1
Saturday, 31 Oct 09 | 06:38 (UTC)

Recipes with boniato

I did a quick Google search using "panellets boniato" and encountered numerous recipes. Here are two.

From http://www.nutricionyrecetas.com/recetas/postres/7501.htm
Ingredientes para 6 personas:

Azúcar 400 gramos,
Boniatos blancos, 500 gramos,

and from http://www.susrecetasdecocina.com.ar/receta5898.html
Ingredientes: Para la base:

500 grs. de almendra cruda molida,
400 grs. de azúcar,
200 grs. de patata, boniato o batata (cocida con piel),
ralladura de la piel de 1 limón.

Chuck, remember that only 3% of the world's population uses "cups" in recipes
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[User Picture]From: gorkabear
Monday, 02 Nov 09 | 10:48 (UTC)

Re: Recipes with boniato

That's too much sugar
I used

350 g ground almond
200 brown sugar
150 g soft potato (sweet potato)
A little lemon zest

Once the dought is made, you can add any flavor, such as pinenuts, coarsed almods, coffee, coconut...

Bake about 10-15 minutes at 180 ºC

Look at my pictures from last year (note that my panellets were a tad too large)
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[User Picture]From: albear_garni
Tuesday, 03 Nov 09 | 05:41 (UTC)

Re: Recipes with boniato

Cool, I've printed out your flickr instructions, and might try them this weekend. We've been eating sweet potatoes at dinner a lot lately - so this'll be a good change (for dessert, that is).

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[User Picture]From: ursine1
Tuesday, 03 Nov 09 | 06:06 (UTC)

Re: Recipes with boniato

Remember put the dough in the refrigerator for several hours before making them.

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[User Picture]From: albear_garni
Tuesday, 03 Nov 09 | 05:21 (UTC)

Re: Recipes with boniato

Oh yes, I've do know that using weight to measure by is actually the more accurate method. I use a cheat sheet from the back of my Julia Child cookbook!


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[User Picture]From: cuboz
Saturday, 31 Oct 09 | 08:41 (UTC)
I am now TOTALLY hungry! :-)
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