Castanyada day

This Halloween evening we decided to cook some traditional food, but instead of celebrating Halloween we went with a catalan tradition: Panellets to celebrate la Castanyada.

The recipe is pretty simple and the end result is delicious.


  • Sugar
  • Crushed almond
  • Potatoes
  • Coconut flakes (decoration)
  • Almonds (decoration)
  • An egg yolk (decoration)
  • Cocoa powder (to make chocolate ones)

The first step is to boil the potatoes, peel them and smash them. In a crusher we crush the almonds until they look like powder. Then we add in a bowl the same amount of sugar, crushed almonds and mashed potatoes. We mix it until it looks like a paste.

The preparation process

Now its time to make the panallets. There are different times but we made almond, coconut and chocolate ones. For the almond ones just take the paste, make a small ball and put an almond above it, and before you put them in the oven put a thin layer of the egg yolk above it. For the coconut ones, same thing: make a small ball and then cover it with coconut flakes. Leave a bit of the paste to mix it with cocoa powder to make chocolate flavour ones.

Put everyting in the oven at 200ºC for 5-10 min, take them out and let them cool down a bit. This is the final result: typical catalan sweets for la castanyada.

The Panallets done!

Making these was so much fun because we could show not only Anni but also the rest of the girls that don’t live in Catalunya something that reminded us of home.


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