Ensaïmada

A must-try while you are here!

Ensaïmada

Everyone, who has been to Mallorca before has surely seen or even tasted those sweet pastries in the shape of a snail at one of the local bakeries or in their favourite café around here. Or spotted it, hidden in large octagonal card board boxes, being carried around by people in their Sunday dress taking it to the Sunday lunch at granny’s. Or on board of planes, as tourists like to take this treat back to their home countries as a souvenir.

Those sweet and delicious Mallorquin pastries are called “Ensaïmada”. The name coming from the Catalan word “saïm” (which means “lard”), which derives from the Arab word “shahim”, meaning “fat”. No worries though, other than lard, strong flour, water, sugar, eggs and fresh yeast are key ingredients and they are rather tasty.

The first written references to the “Ensaïmada” date back to the 17th century, meaning it has a very long tradition. Back in those days though, this typical pastry product was especially made for festivals and celebrations. Nowadays they are mostly eaten at breakfast, served with coffee and thick hot chocolate, which is perfect for dipping, or as mentioned above, served as dessert after the Sunday lunch in Mallorquin families.

And of course, every family has their favourite bakery, which they get their Sunday treat from. And apart from the original version, which is dusted with icing sugar, there are variations with fillings of “Cabell d'àngel” (stringy orange strands pieces of pumpkin which are cooked with sugar) or sweet whipped cream, chocolate or an almond paste called turrón.

During festive seasons like Easter a savoury variety is available too with a rather particular topping: pumpkin, sobrasada (a local cold meat) and candied fruit.

A must-try while you are here!

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