First of all, what are panellets? Those are little sweets that are eaten in Catalonia (the area around Barcelona) on November 1st.
Since we now live in Rwanda, and I have some free time, I decided to make some. Otherwise, my children will grow up without knowing what are panellets!
After a quick call with my mother (great source of information concerning any traditional Spanish recipe), I got the proper receipt.
So, these are the ingredients you need:
- 250 gr almond flour
- 250 gr (brown) sugar
- 250 gr potatoes
- Decoration: chocolate powder, almond shaves, candied fruits
What to do next?
- Boil the potatoes until they are soft. Do not peel them!
- In the meantime, choose and prepare the ingredients you will use as decoration. Due to the restrictions I have here, I used what I could find: chocolate powder, almond shaves and candied fruits. But the most typical decoration would be piñon nuts.
- When the potatoes are ready, peel them, and mash them with a fork.
- Mix the almond flour, the sugar and the mashed potatoes.
- Separate one third of the mix, and mix it with the chocolate powder
- Let the mix in the fridge for half an hour. Then it will be easier to make the shapes. Go for a shower and relax.
- Shape the chocolate mix as little pyramids
- Shape one third of the "white" mix in little spheres. Roll them over the almond shaves, so that they stick on the surface
- Shape the last third of the "white" mix in little flat circles. Put one candied fruit on top.
- Spread butter on an over tray and place the panellets on the tray.
- Whisk an egg, and paint the panellets with it.
- Put the tray in the oven for 15 minutes at 200 degrees, you can use the grill for the last 5 minutes.
- Check regularly, you will know the panellets are ready when they have a golden color.