Cooking ‘panellets’ with children

Panellets‘ are a typical Catalan sweet that we eat with chestnuts and roasted sweet potatoes to celebrate the ‘Castanyada‘. Despite of Halloween – which people do celebrate these days in Catalonia too – the Castanyada continues to be the most popular festivity celebrated at the end of October.

As a Catalan living in the US whose daughter is born in California, I like to mix up traditions. We dress up in costumes, go to pumpkin patches, and decorate our home for Halloween, but we also make Panellets. Why not? ๐Ÿ™‚ Panellets are not only delicious but also very easy to prepare, so they make for a perfect cooking activity with your little ones.

Ingredients

This may not be your recipe from the most exquisite bakery, but it’s one of the most populars. With the quantities below you should get between 25 and 30 panellets.

For the dough, you’ll need:

  • 250 grams of almond flour
  • 175 grams of sugar
  • Medium potato
  • 1 tbsp of lemon zest
  • 1 egg

For the different flavors, I recommend:

  • Pinenuts
  • Raw almonds (you only need one per panellet)
  • Coconut flakes
  • Cocoa powder

Preparation

Boil the potato, peal, and smash in a medium bowl.

Mix in almond flour, sugar, and lemon zest. Knead with your hands until compact. Kids love this part ๐Ÿ™‚ Cover with foil paper or similar and let sit in the fridge at least until the next day.

If you want to make chocolate or coconut panellets, split the dough in 2 or 3 parts and mix with desired flavor.

Grease a piece of foil paper or plate with butter or oil. Pre-heat the oven at 350 degrees. Make small balls with the dough, and decorate with desired nuts as in the picture below. We used pinenuts, almonds, and macadamia nuts:

If you want a better finishing, brush with whisked egg, they’ll look shinier.

Heat in oven for about 20 min. Let cool and they’re ready to serve!

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