Spanish Christmas sweets #1 Polvorones
I know it’s been quite a lot of time… School has been overloading these last weeks (again). Fortunately, in 2 weeks I’ll be enjoying my holiday break with my family, I am so happy!
This year I wanted to show you the usual sweets we eat in Spain. Maybe you live there for the first time and you wonder, maybe you are going there on holidays and you wonder, or maybe you just wonder what Spaniards eat in Christmas.
Well, we eat a lot. We have some special treats, which are quite different from the Dutch ones, for example. Sweets have a lovely spicy touch in The Netherlands, while in Spain it is more about dried fruits and marzipan.
(here you can see the basic elements of a Belén, the common nativity decorations in Spain)
I have a small assortment of basic Christmas sweets and today we will start with polvorones /pohl-voh-rohn-eh-s/. This name might sound familiar to you because in México they use this name for cookies in weddings. However, this mexican cookie is pecan nut based and the spanish one is not.
Polvorones are wrapped as in the image above, with a very thin paper. One way of eating them is smashing them with your first, as if they were plastiline. Why? Because polvorón is a very crumbly sweet and being smashed becomes more compact and easy to eat.
The have a nice lightly crunchy surface and sandy and dense interior. They also have hints of cinnamon… I would have one now if I have.
I hope you have a nice monday and I will come back with more Christmas sweet on Wednesday!!