Posted on 11/04/2012 by syolen
Hello, everyone!
First post here...

Panallets are a traditional Catalan sweet made for All Saints Day. There are literally tons of them in the bakeries of Barcelona at this time of the year!

Panallet literally means "bread and milk", and I guess that's what they were originally made of, but the recipe has evolved to something a little tastier: sweet potato and ground almonds!

For about 25-30 panallets:

- 200g of ground almonds
- 150g of sugar
- 1 lemon zest (or 2 lime zests, whichever you like most)
- 2 big sweet potatoes (last time I used 2 medium-sized and 2 smaller ones)
- 1 egg
- 200g of pine nuts

- Boil the sweet potatoes until cooked, then peel them and mash them.
- Mix in the ground almonds, sugar and the lemon zest. You may need to adjust the potato/almond ratio. You should be able to taste the almonds without it being overpowering. Same with the lemon zest.
- Separate the egg white and the yolk (you're going to need both). Spread the pine nuts on a plate.
- Make a ball the size of a walnut from the potato mix (it does stick to fingers, you may want to use spoons for this part), then roll it in the egg white, then in the pine nuts (yay gross fingers! :D).
- Place the panallets on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
- Repeat until you're out of potato mixture. :)
- Coat the panallets with the egg yolk and bake at 180°C for about 15 minutes, or until golden.

Another version is to roll them in unsweetened coconut shavings instead of pine nuts (no egg needed for this, of course). They're delicious either way!

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