Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Spanish Desserts - Some Of The Very Best Spanish Desserts

By Rajiv Kapur

Spanish desserts are truly incredible and it appears that there is a sweet shop in every corner in Spain. Passing by, you will see a various beautiful, mouth-watering types of sweets.. Combined with the aroma as you walk by, it is hard not to step in for a better look and taste. In addition to splendid pastries, there's lots of classic or conventional Spanish desserts, so this list consists of some of the most loved desserts in Spain.

Mantecados - Traditional Spanish Crumble Cakes Say "mantecados" to a Spaniard and watch their eyes expand remembering those royal crumbly cookies they feast on at Christmas. They're a real favorite. And, not surprisingly - they're so soft, they'll literally melt in your mouth. Light, with a fine anise essence, words don't do them justice. You'll probably have to personally prepare them to find out why they are a Spanish favorite and why no Spanish home is without "mantecados" at Christmas!

Turrn - Spanish Almond Candy Turrn is an ancient, traditional dessert of Moorish (Arabic) origin. This Spanish Almond Candy or Nougat is a customary Christmas delicacy in Spain. Prepared chiefly from honey and almonds, it comes in an ample range of textures and flavors.

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

Catalan Cream - Crema Catalana Catalan Cream or Crema Catalana is the Catalan variety of the buttery and delicate "crme brule." It is also known as "Crema de Sant Joseph" or St. Joseph's Cream, 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 Classy and crumbly, these traditional "polvorones" is a delicious cookie, particularly famous during the Christmas season. As the name suggests, they're "dusty" - very classy and virtually melt in your mouth!

Churros - Spanish Fritters "Churros" are fritters that appear like large French fries, but taste nothing like one. The best way to explain them is to say that they are the Spanish equal of doughnuts. Instead of a ring like a doughnut, "churros" are lengthy and erect and generally have ridges. They are cut into lengths and topped with honey or sugar. Served with thick hot chocolate, they are undeniably a popular late-night Spanish dessert or even breakfast!

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