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4 Spanish Winter Desserts with Olive Oil


Spain also offers a wonderland to every sweet tooth

You might know Spain for its beautiful Mediterranean beaches, islands and wine. But Spain also offers a wonderland to every sweet tooth. Desserts are a huge part of every culture, and even more so for Spain. Spanish desserts come in different varieties, from cheesecake to churros and the most popular - flan, which holds a special place in the heart of Spanish people. 

So let's dive deep into the heart of Spain and learn more about these desserts! Here are 5 Mediterranean Spanish favourite winter desserts with olive oil to satisfy your sugar cravings.

1. Spanish lemon olive oil cake:

Spanish lemon cake is a flavourful, moist cake made with olive oil, lemon, and almonds. It is pretty simple to make and rich and tasty. A modest sprinkle of powdered sugar completes the cake. But you may also drizzle it with sugar or add chopped nuts or fresh fruit. Despite the cake's simplicity, the citrus and almond flavouring gives it a unique taste. The Spanish lemon olive oil cake is ideal for dessert, but because of the excellent flavour balance, it's also fantastic for breakfast and afternoon snacks.
Here's how to make Spanish Lemon olive oil cake:

  • Ingredients:
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup ground almonds
  • Salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 greek yoghurt
  • 2 tsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • Powdered sugar.

  • Procedure:
  1. Take a medium-sized bowl and mix flour, ground almonds, salt, and baking powder. In a different bowl, mix sugar and lemon zest.
  2. Start beating the eggs and sugar mixture together in a separate bowl and mix until fluffy, then add lemon juice and yoghurt, followed by olive oil.
  3. Pour the mixture into a cake pan and bake for 50 minutes at 375°F (190°C).
  4. Cool down the cake for around 20 minutes. After that, sprinkle it with sugar and enjoy your delicious Spanish lemon olive oil cake!

2. Spanish olive oil tortas:

In their native Spain, the Spanish olive oil tortas are called 'Tortas de Aceite', or olive oil tortas. They pair uncannily nicely with salty snacks like olives and hard cheeses and are delicious with sparkling champagne. Spanish olive oil tortas satisfy your sweet and salty cravings with the added fennel seeds, and also a perfect evening snack to enjoy with your tea or coffee.
Here's how to make Spanish olive oil Tortas:

  • Ingredients:
  • 1 ½ cups cake flour
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • fennel seeds
  • 70ml extra-virgin olive oil 
  • 80ml warm water
  • 50gr raw sugar
  • 1 tsp yeast
  • 1 egg

  • Procedure:
  1. Before you begin, preheat the oven to 450°F (230°C).
  2. In a bowl, combine the flour mixture, fennel seeds and salt.
  3. Mix the sugar and yeast with the olive oil. When it starts to foam, leave to stand for a few minutes.
  4. Put all the above ingredients together and make a flour dough from all the mixtures until you have a uniform dough.
  5. Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece of dough into a ball.
  6. Place all the cake balls on a baking sheet, brush lightly with egg white and sprinkle a little sugar on top.
  7. Bake for 5-10 minutes or until crisp and golden brown.
  8. And your cakes are done. Enjoy your Spanish olive oil cakes with coffee or wine.

3. Torrijas:

  One of the staple treats of Spain is Torrijas de Leche, also known as Spanish toast. This delicacy is excellent because of its juiciness and tenderness, mild flavour, and subtle additions of sugar and cinnamon. Additionally, if you have a sweet craving, there are several ways to prepare torrijas at home, including chocolate and cocoa powder.
Here's how to make Spanish toast at home:

  • Ingredients:

5 slices of bread
300ml milk
La Española Olive Oil 
1 egg
Cinnamon sticks
Lemon zest

  • Procedure:
  1. Heat the milk, sugar, cinnamon and lemon peel until it comes to the boil. Remove from the heat and leave to cool
  2. In a large bowl, add the milk mixture and soak the slices of bread to absorb the mixture for one hour.
  3. Beat the egg in another bowl and coat the bread on both sides.
  4. Fry the bread in a frying pan with plenty of oil, turning on both sides. 
  5. Remove from the frying pan onto a tray lined with kitchen paper to absorb the excess oil. 
  6. You can add more sugar, cinnamon, drizzle some honey while serving, and enjoy the deliciousness of Spanish toast!

4. Spanish sponge cake:

 The Spanish sponge cake is the same as a regular sponge cake. From lemon to orange, one can make the Spanish sponge cake taste whatever one desires. And that's the best part about the Spanish sponge cake. But the Spanish sponge cakes are mostly citric.
Here's how to make Spanish sponge cake:

  • Ingredient:

1 cup flour
2 tsp yeast
2 eggs
100ml extra virgin olive oil
120ml milk
Lemon zest

  • Recipe:
  1. In a container, add 2 egg yolks, sugar, lemon zest, milk, and extra virgin olive oil and mix well.
  2. To the mixture, add flour, yeast and whipped egg whites and mix well.
  3. Add this mixture to a cake pan and bake for 40 minutes.

And that's it! Probably the easiest recipe out of all 4.

And that's a wrap!

These desserts are sure to keep you coming back for more thanks to their delicious, rich flavour that makes the savoury biscuits burst in your mouth and just the right amount of sweetness. These Spanish Mediterranean desserts will be a treat you'll be eager to devour. No more chocolate and biscuits for dinner; now you can indulge yourself with these Spanish desserts that are sure to win your heart.