The sweetest Christmas in Madrid is undoubtedly in his pastry. These days work, confectionery and even convents are at full speed making the most typical Christmas sweets for the festive season. Some do it by betting strong on tradition; others go a step further and modernize many recipes of yesteryear. Therefore, taking a walk through the different bakeries in the province can be seen from the most genuine homemade shortbread to the nougat with the most peculiar flavors. All in all,yes they have their attachment to the Christmas tradition in common. Here are some of them.
It is the sweet Christmas candy essential in Madrid. Of Moorish origin, this is a sweet that comes in different shapes and flavors depending on the recipe of each region and are always present in each supermarket in the run up to Christmas. It has been a popular sweet for centuries, even outside the borders of Spain. It is said that the Arabs invented the turrón more than 500 years ago in Jijona, a small town about 30 miles north of Alicante.
Among the many varieties that exist, those that are most often sought after by people are those that come from Alicante, made with egg, honey, almonds and sugar. It is the traditional recipe of Jijona with olive oil that provides a soft consistency similar to fudge. It is in the Top 5 Madrid Christmas candy because many love it and there are many other variations to try which are added fruits, chocolate, coffee, whiskey and much more.
In Madrid you can buy Nougat or Turrón(in Spanish) in El Riojano located on Calle Mayor, 10, less than 5 minutes walk from Puerta del Sol square
It originates from Toledo, not far from Madrid, in the center of Spain. This tasty mixture of egg yolk, sugar and almonds comes in many creative, handmade forms in the form of adorable festive figures that almost seem a shame to eat.
Each Spanish region usually has its own recipe, so there is no doubt that you will find these sweet treats that appear in every corner of Spain during the Christmas period. Madrid exhibits its marzipan made with creative shapes and figurines in its shop windows.
It is not clear how much there is of legend and how much of reality is regarding the way in which the union of almonds, sugar, honey and eggs gave rise to the marzipan of Toledo, of more than probable Arab inheritance. What is known for sure is that the term appears at the beginning of the XIII; that at the end of the 15th century the old constitutions of the Hospital of Santiago de los Caballeros for the patients of the Granada War established that the pharmacists were responsible for making marzipan for the patients, and that in 1613 several master craftsmen were constituted in guild. The emblematic Obrador Santo Tomé has been handmade since 1856.
In Madrid you can purchase marzipans from Casa Mira (Carrera de San Jerónimo Nº 30) where we also highly recommend the pine nuts covered in sugar syrup.These are called peladillas in Spanish.
Own of the region of Andalusia, it is basically a crumbly cookie made of flour, milk, sugar and nuts, molded into balls. Also available in a variety of flavors such as cinnamon, chocolate, lemon, orange, vanilla and many more. It is taken into account in this Top 5 of Madrid Christmas sweets because they can be found in many regions outside of Spain.
These biscuits are known for their fragile consistency, they literally turn to dust and are found in all major Spanish supermarkets during the Christmas season. You can find the best polvorones in the southern region of Andalusia.
In Madrid get polvorones from Moulin Chocolat
Roscón de Reyes
Made with almond and cinnamon with a touch of Moscatel wine, molded in the shape of a donut, baked and covered with impalpable sugar or white chocolate. These delicious ring-shaped delicacies have been enjoyed in Spain for centuries and are irresistible.
This ring-shaped cake is typically served the night before the morning of ‘Three Kings’ Day. The cream is between two layers of sweet cake topped with dried fruit. Commonly the roscones that are bought in bakeries will have a small figure of the baby Jesus hidden inside. Whoever finds the figure is crowned as “king” or “queen” of the celebration. With this sweet you simply feel part of this Spanish tradition of the wise men.
Estrella Leal, the third generation of owners of the Antigua Pastelería del Pozo in Madrid, the longest in Spain, remembers selling roscones de Reyes “all her life” since her grandfather bought the business (which opened as a bakery in 1830) during 20 years of the last century. Traditional roscones, made of flour, almond and sugar can be without candied fruit or stuffing. They are custom desserts for January 6th, according to a practice firmly rooted in the capital and many other cities from the twelfth century. It is believed that Philip V imported the habit of putting a coin in the roscón from France, as a reward.
You can get Roscon de Reyes from most supermarkets but gourmet ones are at La Duquesita located Calle de Fernando VI
These essentials of the Top 5 of Madrid Christmas candy are easy to recognize because they are usually wrapped with colorful grease-proof papers of bright colors. These festive sweets are very similar to Polvorones and come in a wide variety of flavors, the most common being anise or cinnamon. Made of lard, sugar and almonds, it is Andalusia who again claims the origin of these delicious snacks and you just have to try them to see why there is not a complete Spanish home at Christmas without them.
Two towns in Andalusia, Antequera and Estepa, both claim to have produced these delicious delicacies. You can see them wrapped in brightly colored cellophane in Spanish candy boxes at Christmas time.
Mantecados are sold at El Horno de San Onofre ( Calle de San Onofre, 3)