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Spanish Pastry

Spanish Pastry is a popular sweet confection, made of sugar, flour, eggs, and mother dough, eaten in various parts of Spain as part of Spanish desserts. However, the pastry is commonly eaten for breakfast or tea and is also commonly eaten in Spanish territories of Philippines and Latin America.

 

Types

 

Pestiños de Miel: This pastry is made in the medieval style of Arab baking. The original recipe of this pastry conists of honey as its main ingredient. The pastries were further improved by the convent nuns who add anisette to the recipe and used wine to mix the flour.

Nutritive Value: The Pestiños de Miel has energy of 500kcal along with protein content of 4.2g. It also has fats mounting to 57.8g and 28g of carbohydrates.

 

Miguelitos: This pastry is named after Miguel, a friend of the baker from LA Roda, (a village) who invented this delicacy. These pastries are dusted using icing sugar. These were propagated by travelers who tasted these wonders of sweet in bars of the village as they travelled to Costa Blanca.

Nutritive Value: Miguelitos have energy value of 537Kcal with protein raging to 6g. It has a lesser fat content than Pestiños de Miel, amounting to 49.6g along with carbohydrates at 35g.

 

Mantecados: These were first made in the sixteenth century. Filomena Micaela, in 1870 improved the recipe by making them flaky,  by baking them in a manner which greatly changed the Mantecados. 

Nutritive Value: The composition includes 599Kcal of energy, 5.2g proteins and 50g fats along with 42g of carbohydrates.

 

Perrunillas:  These are served with coffee after the afternoon siesta throughout the regions of LA Mancha as well as Extremadura. The origin of Perrunillas is untraced and lost in history. The recipe has passed through generations and involves a mixture of almonds, eggs and sugar.

Nutritive Value: Perrunillas tend to have 505 Kcal energy, 7.9g proteins, 57.6g fats and 27g of carbohydrates.

 

Health Value

 

While the pastries are savory and simply delicious, they have cholesterol, which must be avoided. These have a high content of carbohydrates and fats with the calories. The Spanish cuisine has always displayed a love for taste with unhealthy options, like these pastries.