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Catalan Desserts

Expert guided food tours in Barcelona by Nick Lloyd of Iberianature.

Expert guided food tours in Barcelona by Nick Lloyd of Iberianature.

Puddings tend to be fairly plain affairs intended to round off a meal and prepare the palate for the brandy and coffee phase. Fresh fruit is the most popular and should appear on almost every choice in season. Restaurants also offer large ranges of ice cream. I've listed a few notable puds though. Incidentally puddin is a type of moist cake and is good but heavy way to round off a meal.

Pomes al forn ( manzanas al horno ) baked apples: if you like mince pies you'll love these. Elizabeth David said that she never managed to cook the apples so that they are crisply caramelised on the outside whilst soft inside without burning the skin or having the apples collapse. Fortunately, however, every Catalan chef seems to have got the knack!

Crema Catalana - Catalans get narked when the Brits describe this dish as Crême Brulée , claiming seniority. I don't want to get involved in an international incident so I'll just say it's brilliant whoever first invented it!

Flam (flan) * egg custard with caramel: this is a universal pudding and will appear absolutely everywhere It is a very good light digestive for people who don't eat fruit and don't like too much sweetness - often served with mounds of spray-on whipped cream, if you don't want this tell the waiter.

Mel i Mato - curd cheese with honey: warmed honey, mel , should ideally be served separately in a little earthenware pot from which to help oneself. Mato is a type of fresh curd cheese that should be sticky and slightly dry, with a bland flavour.

Menjar blanc - blancmange, exactly the same as our version, menjar means to eat in Catalan. It is a speciality of Reus in Tarragona province.

Music - Mixed nuts and dried fruits. the origin of the name dates back to mediaeval times, when troubadors who literally sang for their supper, were given this dish in return for an evening's entertainment. Everything should be really fresh and in good condition ( fruits secs means nuts in Catalan, dry fruits as opposed to fried fruits) traditionally this is served with a sweet muscatel wine. It is a good choice as a sweet for people who don't like sweets!

Expert guided food tours in Barcelona by Nick Lloyd of Iberianature.



Expert guided food tours in Barcelona by Nick Lloyd of Iberianature.

 

Expert guided food tours in Barcelona by Nick Lloyd of Iberianature.

 

See aslo a brief guide to Catalan food by Simon Rice

 

A guide to food in Spain

A brief guide to Catalan food by Simon Rice owner of this restored Casa Rabassaire which he rents out on the summer.

Introduction
Sauces
Cooking styles
Sandwiches & tapas
Charcuterie
Special dishes
Rice dishes
First Courses
Main courses
Catalan desserts

See also Francis Barret's guide to food in Catalonia

 

 

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