12 Typical sweets and desserts from El Camino Francés

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After eating from the selection of our entry about typical dishes and drinking from our list of the best wines on El Camino Francés, we cannot finish in another way than by having a sweet dessert, so, here you can find a compilation of a dozen of some of the most representatives.

1. FILLOAS (Galicia)

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Ingredients: Wheat flour, water, milk, eggs and sugar.

It is possible that the origin of this sweet pudding goes back to the times of the Romans. Some references talk about a meal made with water, spices, honey, eggs and flour called “phyllon” a word derived from the Greek meaning layer.

There is a version for savoury “filloas” with a base of pork meat stock instead of water, it is usually a complement to stock soups and stews.

 

2. LARPEIRA (Galicia)

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Ingredients: Wheat flour, milk, yeast, sugar, salt, anisette, cream and lemon peel or a vanilla pod.

Larpeira sweet is eaten all year round but for many the best time to have it is as the end of dinner the evening of Saint John.

 

3. BICA (Galicia)

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Ingredients: Wheat flour, water, yeast, salt, butter, sugar, eggs, grated lemon peel and cinnamon.

Some assert that it is originally from Trives, some others from Castro Calderas. The truth is that the first reference of it dates back from the eighteenth century. Bica is a dense sponge cake (those than can soak up a whole cup of milk!) it has a very distinctive flavour because of the buttercream. This cake can keep well for several days and some even say that it improves its flavour and texture days after it´s made.

 

4. TORTAS DE TXANTXIGORRI- Lardon scones (Navarre)

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@caprichohelena – Instagram

Ingredients: Wheat flour, yeast, salt, sugar, cinnamon and lard.

Some assert that it is originally from Trives, some others from Castro Calderas. The truth is that the first reference of it dates back from the eighteenth century. Bica is a dense sponge cake (those than can soak up a whole cup of milk!) it has a very distinctive flavour because of the buttercream. This cake can keep well for several days and some even say that it improves its flavour and texture days after it´s made.

 

5. AHORCADITOS- Hung men pastries(Santo Domingo de la Calzada)

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Ingredients: Puff pastry and cream.

Its popularity amongst pilgrims has increased since 1953, they are not only delicious but they are also very peculiar in their shape. Hung men pastries have the shape of a scallop shell and a small human figure on top that represents a hung man, this is of course in reference to a famous legend of El Camino de Santiago.

 

6. FARDELEJOS (Rioja)

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Ingredients: Almonds, sugar, eggs, flour, butter, salt and oil for frying.

They are a Arabic origin, the name Fardelejos derives from the word “fard”, that means slot, for the way it closes at both ends. They have an exquisite flavour and they were given as a gift to the new landlords after the reconquest. The name is also thought to have evolved from the word “alfarda”, a tax that the Moors and Jews have to pay in the Christian kingdoms.

 

7. RUSOS DE ALFARO (Rioja)

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Ingredients: Eggs, icing sugar, butter, caster sugar and water.

In 1882 the pastry chef Marcos Malumbres had the idea of making a particular cake for the inauguration of his new confectionery shop in the town of Alfaro. They are so light that half a dozen of these cakes do not even reach 200 grams in weight altogether.

 

8. TORRIJAS CON MIEL Y CHOCOLATE- honey and chocolate French toast style bread (Burgos)

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Ingredients: Milk, eggs, cinnamon stick, honey, chocolate, sugar, ground cinnamon and oil for frying.

Its origin is not very clear, but like other sweets and desserts on the list is said to have it as far as the Roman times. This dessert is popular universally and with different names you can find it in other places, such as French toast. The peculiarity that distinguishes the Burgos version is the chocolate, a good enough reason to want to try it

 

9. PERRUNILLAS – Rusks(Castilla y León)

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Ingredients: Lard, flour, sugar, cinnamon, lemon, almonds and anisette.

Generally, Perrunillas are round in shape and have a dried and rough texture. In the old days they used to be made for important occasions such as Christmas or local festivities.

 

10. YEMAS DE CANÓNIGOS O DE BURGOS (Burgos)

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Ingredients: egg yolks, sugar and water.

It is believed that the popularity of this delicious dessert was born out of the abundance of eggs in the medieval times. The making of this dessert is associated with the life of nuns in the convents.

 

11. OREJUELAS (Carrión de los Condes)

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Ingredients: Eggs, sugar, anisette, water, oil, cinnamon, yeast, bicarbonate, flour, honey and oil for frying.

The Moors left in Spain a great gastronomic tradition of sweets that has arrived to our days. This sweet, made in a frying pan, has its best moment during the period of the Carnival.

 

12. TARTA DE SANTIAGO (Galicia)

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Katrin Gilger – Flickr

Ingredients: Almonds, sugar, egg and butter.

Its exact origin is unknown, but like many of you know, this is the definitive pudding of El Camino de Santiago and it is one of the few souvenirs that pilgrims take back with them. Its main feature is the cross of Santiago stencilled with icing sugar on its upper crust.

I hope you enjoyed this little sweet post. If you know of any other dessert that you think should be here, do not hesitate to add them on the comments below.

Regards!

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Isaac Martínez

Soy diseñador multimedia, hiker experimentado y arquitecto de Rutas en Vojo. Un día descubrí el Camino de Santiago y ya no me lo pude sacar de la cabeza. Me gustaría compartir con todos vosotros la experiencia y conocimientos que he podido adquirir a lo largo de cientos de kilómetros recorridios por esta y otras rutas, y dar a conocer consejos, historias y curiosidades que te ayuden a disfrutar mucho más tu Camino.

2 Comments

  1. Michele-Marie on

    Good day Isaac!
    I happened to notice that the ingredients and description you have posted for 3. BICA (Galicia) are the exact same ingredients and description posted for 4. TORTAS DE TXANTXIGORRI- Lardon scones (Navarre). I just wanted to make sure you were aware, in case this was an overlooked error.
    Thank you for compiling this fascinating and savory list of the top 12 sweets and desserts from El Camino Francés!

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