It’s a hard job, but someone needs to do it! And I have volunteered. I have eaten enough pastry in Spain to have been recognized as a pastry taster. It is a self-appointed title, but it works for me and Kathy has to let me taste test now, since it is my job.
So far I have visited ten purely confectionaries, and around 15 or so part pastry, part other food. Multiply all that by, um-m, say three different pastries each and you see why I am the Spanish Pastry King that I am. Here is my take:
The French toast/bread pudding kind of thing is great. Kathy is the baker in our home. She will try to recreate it when we return. If it works, just ask:-)
The pull apart with layered and airy crust topped with apricot cream is really good. It comes in several forms and some are one side chocolate or pistachio. Chocolate is always dark and barely sweet.
The North African nut, spice and baklava kind of thing dripping in honey is a show stopper. Only lack of money stopped me from eating every last one in the store. Kathy has put me on a pastry allowance, in case you didn’t know.
The cheese cake is more ricotta cheesy than ours, the cookies are all very light and fluffy–except the North African ones–they are dense and thick. The gelatin-concocted molds in many flavors and toppings look better than they taste.
The flakey rolls filled with chocolate are delicious.
I need to inform you that while I am eating pastry, my wife is sipping thick, you eat it with a spoon, hot chocolate. She drinks it by the gallon. I have tried to put her on a money allowance like she does me, but, believe me, nothing will come between her and the hot chocolate counter. WEG
I would be in soooooo much trouble!!
I already am and we have not gotten to Italy yet.
This would be my kind of trip. I can just taste it all from what you’re saying here.
If they just had the Krahn peach thing, it would be perfect.
I love it. Some of those sound delicious. Sitting here laughing because I can see it all going down.
Hi Tim. Yes, we found a new pastry shop today we walked about and bought 3 kinds of pastry we had not tried. Later, Kathy found the chocolate they use for the hot chocolate, so now she can make as much in the apartment as she wants:-)
Now you are torturing us!
Sorry Dianne. Tell you what–If Kathy can duplicate that one dessert we’ll make sure you get some!
Please send us the French Bread Putting recipe. My mother always made the best for me.
Would send it if I could–we don’t have it. We found the special bread they use for it and I don’t know if it is available at home or not. You cannot make it without this bread. We will experiment at home and try to duplicate it and if we do, we’ll make sure you get some.
Thanks I look forward to the opportunity to try it…
I can see this all in action! I can’t wait to hear about Italy! I would go for the hot chocolate… and one of those pastries with honey on the side!
Kathy will post the hot chocolate recipe later today. It will be hard for us to leave Spain, but we look forward to Italy.