When you visit Mallorca there are two things you can´t miss out, the first one is of course, their clear blue water beaches, and the second one is their Mallorcan espiral pastry.
The popularity of this sweet has gone overseas and now you are able to eat it not only in the Balearic Islands, but also in the rest of Spain and even in other countries.
Today we are going to tell you, which is the best ensaimada de Mallorca recipe, we will also talk about its history, and we will solve all the questions you may have about this popular Spanish pastry.
What´s an ensaimada Mallorquina?
Before we start with the recipe, let us tell you what this sweet is like! The ensaimada is a spiral-shape sweet pastry traditional in the Balearic Islands and being more concrete in the province of Mallorca. It´s made by a combination of a yeast dough with eggs and pork lard.
Just so you know a little bit more about it, the world “Ensaïmada” comes from the word “Saïm”, which basically means lard, the traditional ingredient of this recipe. Don’t worry if you are vegetarian, because there is a great solution that doesn´t include lard.
Can you find a vegan ensaimadas in Mallorca?
In case you are vegetarian, or you want to eat healthier, don´t worry because you can also have ensaimadas without pork lard. There is only one issue, you will have to make them by yourself, because in Mallorca, where they cook it in a traditional way, pork lard is a key ingredient.
To convert them into vegetarian, you will just need to make sure you substitute the pork lard for butter, very simple right? The results will be very similar!
Best time to eat ensaimadas
Now that you know the authentic ensaimada recipe, it´s time to learn the Spanish traditions on where to eat them. Of course, you can have them whenever you want, but these are the Spanish times.
The most common mealtime to eat ensaimadas is breakfast. In Mallorca and all over Spain is very typical to see people having an ensaimada with a coffee or a glass of milk. Of course, this doesn´t happen every morning, because they are not that light.
A second option to eat the Spanish pastry “ensaimadas”, is as a snack on the afternoon, during the mealtime Spanish people know as “La merienda”. Again, you would always accompany it with milk or coffee.
Where to buy ensaimadas
In Mallorca you will see ensaimadas all the time, it has become a symbol of the Balearic Islands and nowadays they have it everywhere so tourists can try it.
In the rest of Spain, you may be able to find ensaimadas in almost every bakery shop, plus, they also have it in popular supermarkets as “Mercadona” or “Carrefour”. It won´t be hard for you to find it.
Now, if you are not in Spain, your best option is buying it online…There are not many options, but these once have convinced us the most!
Ensaimada origin & history
The truth is that we can´t really say where did the ensaimada come from, as its origins are unknown, but as we said earlier in this article, the word ensaimada comes from the “Mallorquín” (the language spoken in this area of Spain), so, we are almost sure that its beginnings are also from the Island.
The first documents from ensaimada are from the XVII century, where is written that this pastry was very common during the festivities in Mallorca.
Other than that, there are sayings which make us believe that the ones who created ensaimadas were either the Arabs or the Jews, as they both have a similar dish known as “bulema”, but without pork lard inside. As it happens with many Spanish desserts, pork lard was used as a way to prove the religious beliefs of the people.
Enjoy your ensaimada mallorquina!
That´s all you need to know about this Spanish pastry, as you have seen, the Mallorcan ensaimada recipe takes a little bit of time, but making it is totally worth it!
If you make it at home, we would love to know your opinion about it! Hope you enjoyed reading this article, and if you have any other question or suggestion, please let us know!