5 Spanish Easter Traditional Sweets

22 March 2024

Spanish Easter traditional sweets

Easter in Spain is a time of great cultural and traditional significance, where gastronomy plays a fundamental role. Among the most emblematic delights of this season are the traditional Spanish sweets, which evoke centuries of history and blend Arab, Jewish, and Christian influences. However, for those following a vegan diet, finding authentic options without animal-derived ingredients can be challenging. But fear not, there are a variety of delicious vegan alternatives to enjoy during this festivity!

1. Torrijas:

Torrijas are one of our favourite and perhaps one of the most associated sweets with Easter in Andalusia. These slices of bread soaked in milk, then dipped in egg and fried, are topped with sugar and cinnamon. But for a vegan version, we can opt to use plant-based milk, such as almond or soy milk, along with chickpea flour or cornstarch to replace the egg. The result is a soft and crispy torrija, but free from animal products!

If you happen to be in Seville in the previous weeks or during the Holy Week and would like trying this delicacy in its vegan version, you can now do it in our Traditional Tapas & Market Tour.

Other places in Seville offering a vegan version of this delicacy: La Vegana, Vegan Rock, Heladería Bolas.

2. Pestiños:

Pestiños, with their flavour of honey and almonds, are another classic of Andalusian Easter. Inspired by Moroccan pastries, these fried treats are irresistibly sweet and aromatic. For a vegan version, we can omit the honey and use agave or maple syrup as an alternative. The dough is made with flour, olive oil, white wine, and flavoured with anise and sesame seeds. A vegan delight that preserves all the essence of traditional pestiños!

3. Poleás:

Originally from the south of Spain, Poleás are a simple yet comforting dessert, made with wheat or corn flour, milk, sugar, lemon, and anise seeds. It is cooked slowly until it reaches a creamy consistency and served hot, sprinkled with cinnamon and with fried bread crumbs on top. For a vegan version, simply use plant-based milk instead of cow’s milk. It’s a comforting and delicious option to enjoy at any time of the day during Easter!

4. Leche Frita:

Leche frita is a creamy and indulgent dessert enjoyed throughout Spain during Easter. Although traditionally prepared with cow’s milk, we can easily adapt it to a vegan version using plant-based milk and cornstarch or agar-agar as a thickener. After cooling and cutting into portions, it is coated in chickpea flour, and sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon. A vegan delight that will surprise all your guests!

5. Rosquillos:

Rosquillos are the Spanish equivalent of doughnuts. They are traditional sweets of Andalusian Easter, with a crispy exterior and tender interior. For a vegan version, we can use olive oil instead of lard, and plant-based milk instead of cow’s milk. The dough is flavoured with lemon zest and anise seeds, and shaped into rings before baking. They are perfect to accompany a coffee or tea during these celebrations!

In conclusion, Easter in Andalusia is an occasion to celebrate the rich culinary heritage of the region, even for those following a vegan diet. With a little creativity and smart substitutions, it is possible to enjoy the typical Andalusian sweets without compromising your ethical principles. So the next time you find yourself in Seville during this time of year, be sure to try these vegan delights and discover a new way to experience the tradition. Enjoy your meal and happy Easter!

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