Spanish people often eat cakes and pastries with a cup of coffee for their breakfast, rather than after a meal. They sometimes eat fruit as a dessert but they also have dessert recipes, ranging from simple fruit or dairy based treats to elegant seed pastries or nut pastries.
Many Spanish desserts are quite simple. Examples of famous Spanish desserts include rice pudding, crema catalana, cream-filled sponge rolls, and pears poached in red wine.
A lot of the classic Spanish desserts are made with eggs and milk and these include crema catalana and tocino del cielo, which is a dessert that used to be by Spanish nuns. They sold their desserts to help maintain their convents and they got the egg yolks free from local winemakers who only needed the egg whites to clarify their red wine and sherry.
Regional Spanish Desserts
Each region in Spain has its own desserts, developed over thousands of years. Various cultures from the Arabs to the Romans have introduced their own flavors, which have merged with traditional Spanish ingredients and ideas to make new dishes.
Turron is very famous in Spain and this traditional dessert is of Arabic origin. Turron is a Spanish almond candy and it is especially popular around Christmastime. It comes in many textures and flavors but is made primarily from honey and almonds.
Membrillo – Spanish Jello
Membrillo is a jello-like dessert, which is very popular in Spain and often eaten with sheep milk cheese. It is similar to French quince paste or Mexican guava paste or cactus paste.
Membrillo makes a nice Spanish style dessert for children but for adults it is delicious served with a tangy cheese and perhaps a glass of sherry on the side.
Recipe for Spanish Sangria Jello
This delicious and fluffy jello dessert has only five ingredients and the cherries and walnuts give a fruity, nutty, rich flavor, which helps to make this a satisfyingly rich dessert recipe.
You can use strawberry or raspberry jello instead of cherry jello in the following Spanish dessert recipe if you like. If you do not have sangria, you can make your own by mixing together red wine and lemonade. Add a little brandy or fruit juice to if you want to enhance the taste.
How to Create a Jello Dessert with Sangria
What you will need:
- 1 can pitted cherries in juice
- 2 small packs cherry jello
- 1 cup shelled walnuts, chopped
- Whipped cream, to garnish
- 1 cup sangria
How to make it:
Pour the juice from the can of cherries into a measuring cup and add water if necessary to make it up to two cups. Bring this liquid to a boil in a pan, and then stir in the jello powder, mixing it well until it has dissolved. Take the pan off the heat and add the sangria. Chill until the mixture is thick, and then stir in the nuts and cherries. Pour the sangria jello into a jello mold and chill it overnight. Serve with whipped cream.