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Panellets for La Castanyada


Panellets for La Castanyada

La Castanyada is a Catalan folk festival celebrated on the 31st October every year to honour and remember the dead and also celebrate the arrival of Autumn. The Catalan Tourist Board challenged us to whip up some typical sweet delicacies that are eaten during the festival including these yummy panellets, which are traditionally made by children in local schools. Panellets are small sweets made from marzipan pastry and traditionally coated in pine nuts, although other toppings can be used like almonds and cocoa.

Panellets for La Castanyada

MORE ON LA CASTANYADA

The festival originated from an ancient burial ritual celebration where families gathered around the table to eat autumn fruits and other sweet meals as they remembered their deceased relatives. It is said the food helped the Campaners, or bell ringers, ring the church bells all night as they honoured the dead. Today it is also considered a celebration of Autumn and is a wonderful family festivity.
If you visit Catalunya around this time of year you’ll notice stalls selling hot toasted chestnuts and sweet potatoes traditionally wrapped in newspaper, called paperina.

The kids have already asked if we can go to Barcelona next year to join in the festivities!

Panellets for La Castanyada

PANELLETS

We were challenged to make two varieties of panellets, pine nut panellets and almond panellets and the recipe really couldn’t be simpler. The kids had great fun making them and are looking forward to eating them in the run up to Halloween over here. They are usually enjoyed with a sweet wine like Moscatel.

Panellets for La Castanyada


I love exploring regional festivals through food and the kids happily engaged in the making and eating of the panellets, whilst at the same time learning a little bit about the region of Catalunya. It's most definitely on our must visit soon list.

Panellets for La Castanyada


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PANELLETS RECIPE


Panellet
Sweets
Spanish
Yield: 30 PanelletsPin it

Panellets

Traditional Catalan Panellets for La Castanyada
prep time: 10 minscook time: 10 minstotal time: 20 mins

ingredients:


  • 250g Caster Sugar
  • 500g Ground Almonds
  • 3 Eggs
  • To Decorate
  • 200g Pine Nuts
  • 200g Almonds
  • 1 Egg

instructions


  1. Mix together the sugar and ground almonds in a large bowl then mix through the 3 eggs. Knead the dough until soft then place in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
  2. Remove the dough from the fridge and preheat the oven to 200°c (180°fan).
  3. Roll the dough into small balls and coat with either the pine nuts of almonds and place on a baking sheet lined with baking paper.
  4. Brush with the egg mixture then bake in the oven for 8 - 10 minutes.

NOTES:

Calories are for 1 Panellet
calories
175
fat (grams)
12.3
sat. fat (grams)
1.1
carbs (grams)
13.4
protein (grams)
5.7
sugar (grams)
9.4


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Panellets for La Castanyada

Disclosure: This is a collaborative post for Catalunya Tourist Board. I was compensated for writing this post. All thoughts are my own.
Beth Sachs
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Riviera Westcountry Hampers Review


Riviera Westcountry Hampers

Well it's only 67 days until Christmas apparently and who doesn't love receiving a yummy foodie hamper as a gift? I was lucky enough to be sent this luxury Mylor Riviera Westcountry Hamper to try and I was really impressed with the quality of the products.

Riviera Westcountry Hampers


The hamper contains the following products:


  • 40 bag packet of Cornish tea company tea
  • Bottle Of Tarquins Blackberry Gin
  • Jar Of JB Preserves Plum Jam
  • Bottle of Cornish ketchup ‘smokey one’
  • Bottle Of Elderflower Presse
  • Bottle Of Cornish Orchards Cyder
  • Bar Of Kernow chocolates
  • Box Of Furniss Fairing Biscuits
  • Box Of Furniss Cheese Biscuits
  • Jar Of Cornish Honey
  • Jar Of 3 Fruit Marmalade
  • Jar Of JB Preserves Piccalilli
Riviera Westcountry Hampers

The Tarquins Blackberry Gin is really good (with elderflower tonic), and I've already used the Cornish Honey in my famous Honey and Peanut Butter Flapjacks. This hamper retails at £75 but there are cheaper alternatives available if your budget can't stretch that far.

Riviera Westcountry Hampers only include products produced in Devon and Cornwall and if you would like a custom hamper made they are always happy to oblige. There is also the choice of having a wicker basket or recyclable cardboard hamper tray to carry your chosen products.

The perfect gift for Christmas!

Disclosure: I was kindly sent a hamper to review. All thoughts are my own.
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Spicy Sausage Meatball Pasta Bake with Cornwall Recipe Box


Spicy Sausage Pasta Bake with Cornwall Recipe Box
This comforting sausage meatball pasta bake was much needed after a day of raking leaves, mowing the lawn and lots of weeding in the garden. I do love this time of year but its hard work when you have so many tree's!

The ingredients for this sausage meatball pasta bake were delivered by Cornwall Recipe Box, who asked if I would like to try out one of their holiday ready recipe boxes. The company is run by a brother and sister team in West Cornwall who share a love of good hearty family food. They got thinking how tricky it can be when on holiday to make the most of opportunities to sample local food, particularly with kids in tow, and so Cornwall Recipe Box was born, delivering recipe boxes direct to holiday homes throughout the whole of the county. 

Spicy Sausage Pasta Bake with Cornwall Recipe Box

All of the ingredients are either grown/produced locally, or supplied by independent Cornish suppliers. The recipe boxes are delivered in recyclable packaging with a detailed recipe card and instructions to follow.

There are lots of really yummy recipes in their Autumn/Winter 2018/19 range including Smoked Haddock Chowder and Roasted Squash Risotto but this Sausage Meatball Pasta Bake was extra special. They are also currently working on a 'classics' menu too that will be available year round so keep an eye on the website for that.

Spicy Sausage Pasta Bake with Cornwall Recipe Box

This Spicy Sausage Meatball Pasta Bake was gobbled up by everyone which is always a good sign. The portion sizes are extremely generous too, leaving leftovers for hubby's lunch the next day. We really couldn't have been more impressed by their service and I would thoroughly recommend trying out a box if you are on holiday in Cornwall soon. Locals can also order the recipe boxes to their homes.

Spicy Sausage Pasta Bake with Cornwall Recipe Box

TOP TIPS FOR MAKING THE SPICY SAUSAGE PASTA BAKE

  • For a less spicy meal replace the chilli sausages with plain pork or hickory smoked sausages.
  • The recipe can easily be doubled to feed a crowd.
  • Serve with a side salad or fresh veggies.
  • Up the veggies by adding a tin of sweetcorn or some cooked peas to the pasta bake.

OTHER SAUSAGE RECIPES YOU MIGHT LIKE TO TRY

Spicy Sausage Pasta Bake with Cornwall Recipe Box

SPICY SAUSAGE MEATBALL PASTA BAKE


Sausage Meatball Pasta Bake
Pasta
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Spicy Sausage Meatball Pasta Bake

A hearty and comforting sausage meatball pasta bake recipe with chilli sausages.
prep time: 15 minscook time: 30 minstotal time: 45 mins

ingredients:


  • 8 Chilli Sausages
  • 200g Cherry Tomatoes
  • 2 Garlic Cloves
  • 200g Breadcrumbs
  • 2 TBSP Rapeseed Oil
  • 100g Fresh Parsley
  • 400g Pasta
  • 1 Lemon
  • 200g Creme Fraiche
  • 200g Cornish Gouda (or cheddar)
  • Salt and Pepper

instructions


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°c (180° fan).
  2. Snip the end of the sausages and squeeze out the sausage meat into a bowl.
  3. Finely chop the parsley and mix half into the sausage meat with half of the breadcrumbs and a pinch of salt and pepper. Roll tablespoons of the mixture into your hands to form small balls.
  4. Cut the tomatoes in half and place in an ovenproof dish. Place the meatballs on top and bake for 20 mins until the sausage balls are cooked.
  5. Bring a large pan of water to the boil with a pinch of salt.
  6. Peel and chop the garlic, grate the rind of the lemon and mix into a small bowl with the remaining breadcrumbs and parsley.
  7. Add the pasta to the boiling water and boil for 8 to 10 minutes. Meanwhile grate the gouda cheese.
  8. Drain the pasta and return to the pan with a little of the cooking water, rapeseed oil and the breadcrumb mixture.
  9. Take the baking dish out of the oven and stir the pasta mixture into the meatballs and tomatoes. Dollop over the creme fraiche and sprinkle over the grated cheese.
  10. Grill for 5 minutes until starting to brown. Serve with a green salad.

NOTES:

Calories and nutrition are for 1 portion
calories
914
fat (grams)
50
carbs (grams)
59
protein (grams)
77
sugar (grams)
10


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Spicy Sausage Pasta Bake with Cornwall Recipe Box

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For more family friendly recipes take a look at my recipe index or follow Jam and Clotted Cream on Pinterest.

Disclosure: I was sent a recipe box to review. All thoughts are my own.
Beth Sachs
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