Panellets

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Panellets
Panellets (surtido).jpg
Alternative names Empiñonados
Type Cookie
Place of origin Spain
Region or state Catalonia, Valencia, Aragon and Balearic Islands
Main ingredients Marzipan, pine nuts
Cookbook:Panellets  Panellets

Panellets[1] (Catalan pronunciation: [pənəˈʎɛts], singular: panellet; Catalan for "little bread") are the traditional dessert of the All Saints holiday, known as Castanyada, in Catalonia, Eivissa[2] or the Land of Valencia, together with chestnuts and sweet potatoes. Panellets are often accompanied with a sweet wine, usually moscatell, mistela, vi de missa or vi ranci. Panellets are small cakes or cookies in different shapes, mostly round, made mainly of marzipan (a paste made of almonds and sugar). The most popular are the panellets covered with pine nuts, consisting of the panellet basis (i.e. marzipan) rolled in pine nuts and varnished with egg whites. In Sevilla (southern Spain) these cookies are known as empiñonados.

Panellets date at least to the 18th century, when they were used as blessed food to share after some religious celebrations (Panellets de Sant Marc and Panellets de la Santa Creu)."

It is believed that its origins are in northern Europe, or more likely of Arab origin for the ingredients used.

Within Europe panellets have TSG status.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ termcat.cat (ed.). "Panellet". Retrieved September 30, 2010. 
  2. ^ Essay on Eivissa culture
  3. ^ EU Profile - Panellets (accessed 07/06/2009)