Monday, October 30, 2006

'tis the season


This is what you see if you visit any bakery in Catalonia nowadays: panellets (Catalan for little breads). These sweets are a bit smaller than a golf ball and made out of ground almonds , sugar, and eggs. Pictured topping: pine nuts, which can be substituted for chopped almonds, shredded chocolate, shredded coconut, there are no limits set!

Panellets - wonderful for the waistline - are traditionally eaten for the eve of All Saints Day accompanied by roasted chestnuts and aged, sweet wine. I read in the net that the "panellets" are supposedly a leftover from the days when offerings were placed in the graves with the dead. I don't know if this is true but they added that the cakes were rarely bought in the shops, they were usually home-made . And this sounds like a true statement!

16 comments:

  1. they look absolutely GORGEOUS and tempting!!! similar tradition in Portugal, we also roast chestnuts on All Saints day. :) And i am going to miss that this year in this forsaken cold country of the north. Hehe!

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  2. Those little pastries look fabulous. My mouth was watering just reading about them adn looking at the picture! We don't have any such tradition here in Britain but we do celebrate Halloween, which has become very American in the last few years.

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  3. Interesting ! Would love to taste it and to hell with the waist line and even the fact that they are made out of left overs doesn't matter a pizza was that too. Food for the poors with left overs !

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  4. This sounds like a wonderful and yummy tradition for All Saints Day.

    Hope you'll be stopping by my MM.

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  5. Oh my those look absolutely wonderful. It is such a good thing that I do not work in a bakery...there would be nothing left for customers.lol

    Take care,
    Connie

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  6. i'm glad those aren't within my reach. looks yummy

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  7. Hmm...they look yummy. What an interesting tradition. Excuse me while I wipe off my keyboard from drooling.

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  8. Oh look so delicious! Yummy! Unfortunately we son't have them here.

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  9. Oh, I could SO eat a bunch of these, but that's not the point, right? THAT wouldn't be good for the waistline. But they look GREAT!!!!!

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  10. Yummy...they look really delicious!

    My brother takes a cake (I think) to our momma's grave each year but I can't remember why but it is for a good reason, I know.

    Thank you for your visit today...and I'm glad you liked my banner...yes, I did make it. *s*

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  11. Oh My Dear...these look fabulosly rich and ymmy! I'll take one with some chocolate on top....(LOL)
    They are so very rich in protein, too...The Almonds, of course!

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  12. WOW, they look yummy!! I'd love to try some covered in shaved chocolate or cococut!!! This time of year is so bad on the diet!!

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  13. Oh good golly those look good! Thanks for sharing some of the local culture.

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  14. Yummy! They look very delicious. How it really tastes, I wonder but they really do look delicious. Thanks for sharing it with us and thanks for visiting.
    Happy Halloween! Trick or Treat!

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  15. Oh my gosh! Those look SO yummy! And I love annnnnnything with almond! Yea... just GREAT for the waistline! LOL!!!

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