Alongside countries like Italy and France, Spain is one of the most famous gastronomic centers in Europe. Due to the cultural and climatic diversity between different regions of the country, Spanish cuisine has acquired an incredible variety of flavors. Before you start thinking about Paella (Spanish dish of greater international recognition with origin in Valencia), I already notice that the subject here is sweet! In fact, very sweet.
Let’s talk specifically about Catalonia, whose capital, Barcelona, is the most visited city in Spain. The city of Gaudí is a destination with an immense historical and architectural richness, in addition to being a city with many parties and beaches. All that energy and creativity from Barcelona was transmitted to its gastronomy. Thinking about it, let’s meet five typical Catalonian desserts!
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Catalan cream is certainly the most famous typical dessert in Catalonia. It is very similar to the French version of creme brûlèe, but we have some differences between the ingredients and the way of preparing each one. While the creme brûlèe takes vanilla and sour cream to be roasted afterwards, the Catalan cream uses cinnamon sticks and a little lemon peel to give a slightly more acidic flavor to the candy, it is prepared in a pan taken over a fire in a water bath. Thus, the Catalan cream ends up being a little thicker than the creme brûlèe. A curiosity about this dessert is that it is traditionally prepared by the families of Catalonia on the day of San José (March 19).
Pastissets are very famous semicircular tartlets in Catalonia and in some other regions of Spain. Its interior is filled with a caramelized fruit paste called “cabello de ángel”, but there are many variations depending on the city where they are made.
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It can’t be simpler, this dessert consists of a combination of goat cheese (mató) and honey. To garnish, they usually add roasted nuts on top.
In Catalan, this sweet is known as xuixo or xuxo; in Spanish, it’s called suso. Typical of the city of Girona, in the northeast of Catalonia, the xuixo is a sweet that consists of a fried dough filled with Catalan cream. Usually, crystallized sugar is placed outside.
Panellets are white marzipan balls made with almond powder, sugar, egg white and lemon essence. After this dough is prepared, nuts, coconut, almonds or chocolate are added on the outside. It is a typical dessert of a date that the Catalans call chestnut (or All Saints’ Day), celebrated on November 1.
Have you tried any of these sweets? Comment below what you liked the most!