Panellets for Halloween. A Catalan tradition.

Hola!!

Happy Halloween!! I hope all of you like Halloween, because that’s what it’s all about today. The only difference is it’s Spanish Halloween!

Ok, in Spain we don’t have Halloween. We have “El Dia de los Muertos” or “El Dia de Todos los Santos” (day of death). In Catalonia and the other regions in northeastern Spain, we also have another celebration called “La Castanyada” (Castañada in Spanish). The word Castanyada comes from the word castaña, and means chestnut.

Today in Spain, the “El Dia de los Muertos”, people will go to cemeteries to bring flowers to past members of their families and friends. After that, the families usually get together and have a nice lunch or dinner.

In Catalunya, we also celebrate la Castanyada. It’s a day to celebrate the chestnut. The streets are packed with vendors roasting chestnuts, and serving them in a paper cone. It’s also traditional to eat panellets, often served with sweet wine.

Today’s dish is panellets, I couldn’t cook anything else!

Ingredients (I  made about 60 to 70 panellets)

  • 2.5 cups sugar (500g)
  • 5 cups of almond flour (500g or 1 pound) (I bought 500g of raw almonds and then grinded them using a coffee grinder.)
  • 1 Ib sweet potato
  • 2 eggs (separated into 2 yolks and the egg whites separated into two portions)
  • Toppings: pine nuts, chocolate, coconut… or something else!
  1. Boil the sweet potato, skin on, and cook for about 15 minutes or until tender. Drain and remove from the heat and peel it. Then mash it and let it cool.
  2. Whip the first egg white (I used my KitchenAid). Next, add the 2 yolks, sugar, almond flour and the mashed sweet potato. Mix everything with a spatula. I used my Kitchen Aid spatula attachment on medium speed.

3.Once everything is mixed, let it rest for at least 2 hours. It can also rest overnight.

4. When your ready to use the dough, whip the other egg white. This egg white is used to help keep your hands moist, otherwise the dough will get very sticky on your hands and you will not be able to shape the panellets.

5. Preheat the oven to 360 F (180 C). Get your toppings ready (coconut, pine nuts, chocolate) on separate plates.

6. Start shaping them.  Get you hands wet with the egg white, and star making the panellets. Keep in mind that the panellets should be a 1 or 2 bite size (like a tater tot.) Don’t make them too big.

For the toppings:

  • If the toppings are pine nuts: As soon as you shaped the panellet cover it with pine nuts. Place them in a baking sheet with parchment paper. Before putting them in the oven, wash the  panellets with some of the egg white. Bake them for 10- 15 minutes.
  • For the coconut, shape them, and roll them with coconut. Bake them for 10- 15 minutes.
  • Chocolate: Shape the panellets. Bake  them for 15 minutes. Once baked, dip the panellet in the chocolate.

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Ready to serve! You don’t have to keep them in the fridge. They can be eaten and are good for about 3 weeks!! (But they won’t last that long!)

Bon profit!

Panellets for Halloween. A Catalan tradition.

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Ivette

Hola y Bienvenido/a! Hello and Welcome! My name is Ivette and I am a dual citizen! Originally, I from Catalonia, Spain but in 2014 I moved to the United States and I currently live in Maryland with my husband Richard (number 1 taster, thank you!), my baby girl Beulah my rescue dig Vicky and my two (big!) cutie cats Pintxo & Pastifa. Full house! I love Spanish food. In Spain there is always something to celebrate, gathering with friends and family… We have THREE dishes at every meal! Yes, 3! You will have a first full dish like pasta and for the second dish you will have fish/meat and then dessert, and after dessert coffee…. When I am in Spain and get together with my family (there are 31 of us!), we can start lunch at 2:30pm and finish it at 7pm… I have always loved cooking. My grandmother it is a great, great cook and I think my love of cooking is because of her. When I was in college, my favorite breaks, were getting into the kitchen and cooking or baking something. I was able to escape the normal daily routine of law school. In this blog, I would like to share some Spanish recipes as well as other delicious recipes. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at joyofspanishcooking@gmail.com Bon profit!

5 thoughts on “Panellets for Halloween. A Catalan tradition.

  1. Les castanyes estaven boníssimes i els panellets…exquisits!!! una entranyable tradició!!! Bona Castanyada i Bon Halloween!!!!! A gaudir del panellets!!!!

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