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The tradition of Christmas Sweets
Christmas in Andalusia smells like roasted almonds and sugar, anisette, wine and cinnamon…
And just before Christmas comes, Andalusia prepares and brings out all its pastry making traditions. Many of its villages, including many houses, prepare their Christmas sweets during improvised artisan pastry workshops: roscos de vino (wine doughnuts), homemade mantecados (sweets made from flour, almonds and lard), alfajores (sweet biscuits), polvorones (crumbly shortbread), pan de Cádiz (sweets made from marzipan and candied fruit), pestiños (honey-coated fritters), torrijas (French toast), rosco de Reyes (three kings cake)...Try them with us recipes and enjoy their homemade flavours.
All this tradition, so faithfully preserved in several towns of Andalusia, is now a hallmark of the quality of these characteristic products of Christmas in Andalusia.
Convent sweets, the best-kept tradition
In Andalusia there are still many enclosed convents where some of the most delicious sweets to be found during the festive season are painstakingly prepared.
A huge amount of Christmas sweets are prepared by the nuns in the convents. They are authentic delicacies. If you always wanted to try marzipan, piñonates (candied pine nuts), sugarcoated almonds, marquesas (sweet biscuits), or other traditional delights, then this is an excellent opportunity to buy them.
|Every year at the beginning of December, Torremolinos celebrates a Enclosed Convents Sweets Exhibition where you can purchase everything you desire.|
|There are some prestigious convents such as the Convento de Belén in Antequera (Malaga) where the Sisters of St. Clare have delighted the Andalusians with their typical Christmas sweets since 1628.|
The Andalusian anisette distilleries
However, if there is one tradition linked to Christmas, it is undoubtedly enjoying Anisette liqueurs together with Christmas sweets.
These high proof liqueurs are also used as an essential ingredient in many Christmas sweets due to their strong aromas.
From time immemorial, Andalusia has had numerous highly renowned liqueur distilleries.
Although there are many others, we recommend the following visits: