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The most typical Balearic desserts


Who doesn’t love a dessert? Nobody! And certainly not at Christmas when we all (or almost all of us) allow ourselves to skip our diets a little and treat ourselves to some tasty delights. For this Christmas you can put a little something from the Mediterranean on the table, we bring you a list of the best typical desserts from the Balearic Islands. Take note that the island isn’t only known for ensaimadas.

Cremadillos.- Sheets filled with almost anything you could wish for; chocolate, angel hair, Catalan cream, fresh cream or custard. You can also get them with typical jams such as marmalades from Sóller. It is a dessert for sweet lovers, using baked sugar coating, as if they were caramelized half moons.

Flaó.- An excellent Ibizan dessert. Though typical of Formentera, it can be easily found in patisseries all over the islands. It is a sort of freshly baked cheesecake, made with egg, a very delicate taste and light to digest and is deal for those who don’t want to miss out this Christmas.

Pastissets and crespells.- are generally flower shaped and are very dense, heavy pastries made with lard and egg. Once baked they are decorated with icing sugar and are always eaten with coffee, both for breakfast and as family snacks.

Carquinyols.- hard dough balls made with egg yolks and originating from Menorca's Es Mercadal. They look similar to coconut balls but they are drier and crispier.

Buñuelos.- When the first cold of winter starts to be noticed, donuts arrive in the streets. They are freshly prepared in small street stalls just like chestnut stalls and are light and spongy. They are fried and served with sugar sprinkled on top and served in cones to take away.

Panellets.- Rich and very traditional, panellets (panecillos) are prepared with almond flour mixed with egg and typical Christmas ingredients such as pine nuts, hazelnuts, cocoa ... These are small treats, ideal to eat as snacks or as a dessert with coffee after a family meal.

When you come back in summer to our hotels in Mallorca and Menorca why not try one of these desserts and sweet specialties of the islands. In our restaurants you will find the best choices of local cuisine so you can taste the best of our islands.

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