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Panallet literally means "bread and milk", and I guess that's what they were originally made of, but the recipe has evolved to something a little tastier: sweet potato and ground almonds!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

lloydsgurl 4th-Nov-2012 10:14 pm (UTC)
aww man, I went to grad school with a Catalan girl who would talk about missing food from home. this would have been perfect to make for her! too bad we graduated already...
syolen 4th-Nov-2012 11:14 pm (UTC)
Tell you what, that's exactly why I looked for the recipe... I missed them! Being away from home can be twice as hard without comfort food :/
kariquirks 4th-Nov-2012 10:57 pm (UTC)
Those do look yummy! :9 Just to be sure: does 1 lemon zest mean the zest from 1 lemon?
syolen 4th-Nov-2012 11:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
And yes, I meant the zest of 1 lemon. Sorry it wasn't clear... ^^"
humbuggirl 5th-Nov-2012 10:02 am (UTC)
These look amazing. Definitely saving for future use.
syolen 7th-Nov-2012 03:32 am (UTC)
Yay! :D
sharpecostumes 5th-Nov-2012 03:42 pm (UTC)
Those look super yummy! Question though, sweet potato or yam? Used to live in Idaho (yay potato state!) where, when traveling, I would notice sweet potatoes and yams would often be swapped. Would it be the darker more orange fleshed tuber or the lighter, more yellow?

Edited to correct a spelling error.

Edited at 2012-11-05 03:42 pm (UTC)
syolen 7th-Nov-2012 03:32 am (UTC)
I do mean the orange sweet potato. Sorry it wasn't clear ^^
annoyedwabbit 5th-Nov-2012 11:51 pm (UTC)
Oooh, this sounds really tasty! Thanks for sharing the recipe. :)
thelichen 6th-Nov-2012 12:24 am (UTC)
these sound really good! I'd never heard of them before. :) I'll have to try making them some day...
lab_jazz 6th-Nov-2012 01:01 am (UTC)
These sound delightful. The amount of sweet potato sounds vague but I guess you just wing it with the almonds until you have the right consistance to shape it into balls.

Over here in Australia orange sweet potato is called kumara, I'm assuming that's what you are using.

I'm going to have a go at making these.
syolen 7th-Nov-2012 03:35 am (UTC)
Yes, it's orange sweet potato. I'll have to remember to weigh them next time so that it's more precise...
fourth_moon 6th-Nov-2012 07:59 am (UTC)
Looks fantastic! I've got to give these a try; what a shame it's past Halloween already. Well, a reason to look forward to the cold of autumn next year.
syolen 7th-Nov-2012 03:36 am (UTC)
You can still make them now, even if it's past Halloween ;)
fourth_moon 8th-Nov-2012 05:19 pm (UTC)
Oh, I certainly will. If only so I've got the recipe nailed come next Halloween. Thanks for posting it, and the image looks lovely!
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