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Truffles – Trufas – Spanish Recipe in Spanish & English

Nov 21, 2014

Decadent & delicious, this is a super simple recipe for truffles that you can make with your children. Why not make a few batches and take them as gifts at Christmas. The recipe makes about 40 truffles (depending upon how much you taste whilst making them!) and they store well in the fridge for a few days. If you want to keep them for longer put them in a sealed plastic container in the freezer.

They also taste really nice frozen – sometimes I just can’t wait the 15 minutes for them to defrost!

This recipe is from Isabel López Soto from La Murta and is included in the village cook book. You might like to try adding different liqueurs – mint or orange would be good!

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Christmas Empanadillas – Empanadillas de Navidad – Spanish Recipe

Dec 13, 2013
Christmas Empanadillas

Christmas Empanadillas

An empanada is a stuffed pastry, baked or fried, popular in many countries in Southern Europe, Latin America and parts of Southeast Asia. An empanadilla is a small empanada. Often empanadas are savoury, served as Spanish second breakfast, this is a sweet version.

When I saw this recipe, originally using jam as the filling I couldn’t help but think how great it would be with traditional Christmas mince meat, so I tried it. Get a jar of your favourite shop-bought mince meat – or make your own (recipe coming soon).

 

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Turrón De Yema Tostada – Spanish Christmas Egg Yolk Turron – Spanish Recipe

Nov 28, 2013
Turrón Ingredients

Turrón Ingredients

At Christmas time in Spain the shops start to fill up with a Spanish specialty – Turrón. There’s every sort you can imagine, from all the big brand cake & dessert factories – chocolate flavour, crunchy, squishy, with pistachios, with candied fruit, rock hard, with egg yolks, toasted – all sorts of colours and of course all levels of quality!

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Christmas Past

Jan 2, 2012

Cat up a Christmas Tree

We’ve spent 6 Christmases in Spain now and each year it gets better. And whilst I’m sure you’re just about getting over your over-indulgences and probably thinking about summer fun already, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the season of goodwill.

We’ve been welcomed with open arms into our Spanish village and adopted by a Spanish family, so our Christmases are as Spanish as you can imagine.

From the Christmas Eve shindig in the garage of our adopted family, with a 6-course meal for 30 people, drinks (lots of drinks), singing (well, shouting), guitars and cigars (only the men of course!) to the quieter family lunch on Reyes day, with a 6-course meal for 30 people, drinks (more drinks!), singing (slightly more tuneful than Christmas Eve), guitars and cigars. Plus the 4 parties in between and of course the 3 King’s Procession through the village, the bouncy castle for the kids, the 12 grapes on New Year’s Eve, dare I go on! The Spanish Christmas period is not for the feint hearted.

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