There is no doubt that panellets are one of the most popular sweets in Catalan culture. They are usually made on All Saints' Day, although nowadays they are the star of the cake shop windows for several weeks. Although the original recipe consists of almond dough covered with pine nuts, there are many recipes that incorporate coconut, coffee, chocolate or lemon, among others.
However, its origin is rather uncertain. It is possible that in ancient times it was an Arab sweet which, during the 18th century, began to be used as an offering to the tombs of the deceased. It is also known that before 1800 they were popularised in raffles at festivals in Barcelona and that they began to spread to other parts of Spain, and in the 19th century they were sold in confectioners' shops.
As mentioned above, the classic recipe for panellet consists of an almond dough similar to marzipan, covered with pine nuts and coated in egg white and sugar, but nowadays there are many different types: some have a coffee or chocolate flavour, others are coated in coconut or almonds and others are decorated with quince jelly or candied fruit.
Where can you find them in Andorra?
The Cigne & Delicius patisserie, located in the centre of Sant Julià de Lòria, makes 100% handmade panellets every year. Among the different varieties available, there are pine nuts, almonds, coconut, strawberry, vanilla, lemon, orange, cinnamon and quince, among others. They also prepare a chestnut with liqueur, a delicious snack for pastry lovers.
All their products are made according to traditional recipes and with the best ingredients on the market. In addition to pastries, chocolates and other typical sweets, they also have options for coeliacs.
Av. Verge de Canòlich, 58, AD600 Sant Julià de Lòria
Tel: +376 823 863