This blog post was originally posted on October 30, 2015, and was updated on October 21, 2017.
Nothing says fall in Barcelona like roasted chestnuts, sweet potatoes, and panellets, a typical marzipan sweet of All Saints Day.
Though Halloween has gained popularity in recent years, Catalan families continue to celebrate their traditional All Saints Day. And of course, no Catholic holiday is complete without its treat!
Though there are many different types of panellets, the traditional ones are made with pine nuts. We went to Pastisseria Ideal, a family-run bakery, and pastry shop dating back to the early 1900s, to ask them about their recipe, which has been passed down through the generations. We even got to watch them in action! Want to try it yourself? Find a traditional recipe for panellets below!
However, there are so many great pastry shops to buy these tasty treats if you’re not feeling up to testing out this recipe for panellets for yourself.
Recipe for Panellets:
- 500 g ground almonds
- 350 g sugar
- 1 egg white
- 150 ml water
- 200 g pine nuts
- 2 egg yolks
- Put the water and sugar in a pot together and bring it to a boil.
- Move the sugar around until it forms a syrup.
- Add the ground almonds and stir for 2 minutes before letting cool.
- Mix the egg white in and mix very well.
- If it is very thick, you can add a splash or two of water and mix.
- Leave the mixture for at least 2 hours in the refrigerator.
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius (390 Fahrenheit)
- Form small balls with the marzipan using a spoon, then roll them in the pine nuts.
- Whisk together the egg yolks with a few drops of water.
- Place the panellets on a baking sheet, and use a brush to paint them with the yolks.
- Bake for about five minutes, until golden brown.
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