Just as I was coming out of the bathroom this morning, our buzzer went off and Blai picked up the answerphone. Postman. Was it for us? (We have to check this as most postmen we encounter just press our button by default regardless of who the package is for.) But it really was for us – Mr and Mrs. Blai went down to get it as I continued getting ready for work.
Blai returned to our flat with a medium sized package that neither of us were expecting. And from Spain! Oooh, what could it be? He commenced opening it, unwrapping layer upon layer of paper. By the time I was ready to leave for work, Blai had finally torn off the last of the wrapping.
Bonet! This name caused our hearts to flutter excitedly – this patisserie near to Blai’s parents’ place in Barcelona produces some delicious pastries and I love to see what they come up with when I’m there. There are lots of different Catalan pastries, many of which are associated with a certain time of the year. And for this time of the year (All Saints falls on the first of November), panellets rule. Blai’s parents had sent us a package of these gorgeously nutty sweets.
Each of these walnut sized pastries is made with marzipan and potato. The most traditional are rolled in whole pinenuts or chopped almonds. We had plenty of these as well as other variations such as those dusted with sugar and topped with jam or chestnut paste and those flavoured with coconut or orange peel. They are just as delicious as they sound, with a lovely tender texture and a not too sweet almond flavour.
For the two of us who have to work this weekend, these treats are much needed. Moltes gràcies!