Spain Desserts: Arroz con Leche

Everybody knows Tortilla de Patatas and Paella but, what about our desserts?  We are sure that if you taste just one of them you will fall in love with it. Are you ready to discover the sweetest part of Spain and Catalunya? Today we’ll share with you our favorite sweet Spanish foods.

These are our favorite traditional spanish desserts:


A typical dessert of Lent and Holy Week, although you can find it all year round. Similar to French toasts, Torrijas are a slice of bread soaked in milk with cinnamon and sugar, dipped in egg and deep-fried. The result is absolutely delicious! In Barcelona you can try them at De Tapa Madre.

Arroz con Leche

This is a very tasty rice pudding, very easy to cook. It’s rice boiled in milk with a little bit of cinnamon and lemon zest. Some butter is added at the end for texture. In Barcelona you’ll find it at La Pallaresa, in Petritxol street (although it’ll be hard to pick arroz con leche over their amazing hot chocolate with churros!). Are you hungry?

Marzipan and Turrón

Catalan desserts: Mel i Mató

These are our favorite traditional Spanish treats for Christmas. Marzipans contain almonds, eggs and sugar, and are usually made with different original shapes. The most famous ones come from Toledo. Turrón is a sort of nougat made with honey, almonds and eggs, plus a variety of ingredients and flavors. Learn more about the most popular Christmas Spain desserts here. It’s hard to find them out of the Christmas season, but you’ll find them all year around at the Planelles Donat shops.

Mel i Mató

It’s one of the most popular desserts of the Catalan cuisine. Mató (Catalan word; requesón in Spanish) is a cottage cheese similar to Ricotta, and it usually comes topped with honey (or maybe sugar). While many local restaurants carry it, there is nothing better than buying it at the farmers market of the Montserrat Monastery.

Tarta de Santiago

The most popular Galician dessert, it is a pie made with almonds, eggs and sugar, a little bit of lemon zest and some liqueur like sweet wine or brandy.  Although it is Galician, it’s also a popular dessert all over Spain. We recommend you have it after eating some Galician tapas at Pulperia Celta, near the Picasso Museum.

AND BONUS! The real king of Spanish and Catalan desserts:

Spanish Desserts: Crema CatalanaCrema Catalana

Made with milk, eggs and sugar, this cream is always topped with appetizing burnt sugar on top. A favorite in most local dessert menus, I nevertheless recommend you to order it at the cake shop Escribà in Las Ramblas, where they’ll burn it in front of you. Wow! By the way, here is our catalan cream recipe.

So what about you? Head to the comments below and tells us: What are you favorite Spain desserts and why?




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