Thursday, August 26, 2010

Fantastic Spanish Desserts - The Finest Spanish Sweets

By Kevin Johnson

Spanish desserts are really outstanding and it seems that there is a sweet shop in every corner in Spain. Passing by, you will see a variety of beautiful, mouth-watering styles of sweets.. Combined with the aroma as you walk by, it is hard to not step in for a closer look and taste. Along with fancy pastries, there are various classic or traditional Spanish desserts, so this list contains some of the most loved sweets in Spain.

Mantecados - Traditional Spanish Crumble Cakes Say "mantecados" to a Spaniard and observe their eyes broaden remembering those royal flaky cookies they eat at Christmas. They really are a true favorite. And, not surprisingly - they're so soft, they will literally melt in your mouth. Light, with a soft anise flavor, words do not do them justice. You'll need to personally make them to see why they are a Spanish favorite and why no Spanish home is without "mantecados" during Christmas!

Turrn - Spanish Almond Candy Turrn is a very old, traditional sweet of Moorish (Arabic) foundation. This Nougat or Spanish Almond Candy is a conventional Christmas delicacy in Spain. Prepared chiefly from almonds and honey, it comes in an extensive range of textures and flavors.

Flan - Custard with Caramel Sauce Egg flavored Vanilla custard with a generous sprinkling of caramel sauce is immensely popular in Spain and no one must miss this in my opinion.

Catalan Cream - Crema Catalana "Crema Catalana" or Catalan Cream is the Catalan edition of the buttery and delicate "crme brule." It is also called Spanish Fritters or "Crema de Sant Joseph", traditionally prepared on March 19th, St. Joseph's Day. (St. Joseph's Day is Father's Day in Spain and other Catholic countries.)

Polvorones - Almond Cookies Rich and flaky, these conventional "polvorones" is a scrumptious cookie, particularly well-liked during the Christmas season. Like the name implies, they are "dusty" - very classy and practically melt in your mouth!

Churros - Spanish Fritters "Churros" are fritters that look like big French fries, but taste very different. The best way to describe them is to say that they are the Spanish equivalent of doughnuts. Instead of a ring like a doughnut, "churros" are lengthy and straight and usually have ridges. They're diced into lengths and topped with honey or sugar. Served with thick hot chocolate, they are undeniably a preferred late-night Spanish dessert or even breakfast!

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