One of the little joys of being in Europe is the pastry shops. Every town seems to have it’s own ‘special’ sweets. Some are available year-round and others are available only during certain times of the year. Everything looks so wonderful!
We’ve been going out for evening walks just about every day and we pass lots of pastry shops along the way. After drooling for several minutes, we’d leave with nothing. Well, one time we finally broke down and bought a bunch of stuff. Now we have a new addiction.
Recently we bought what we jokingly call: “Balls and Bones”. The “balls” look like munchkins and they are filled with different flavored creams. They are actually called ‘Bunuelos de Viente’, or in English : Fritters. These are darn good! We absolutely LOVE these. I think about them all day. I really hope these are seasonal or we are in big trouble. We’ve had the chocolate, the vanilla cream, the Dulce de Leche, and the whipped cream filled (which tastes like a mega cream puff!).
The “bones” are the white skinny things that are filled with different fruits or fillings. The outside tastes like an almond flavored pie crust. The lady in our pastry shop told us they are only available around All Saints Day and that they are called ‘Huesos de Santos’ or ‘Saint’s Bones’. We’ve tried the coconut, chocolate, strawberry, carmel, and apricot. They are very different than any sweet we’ve ever tried. They are good but no where near as good as the ‘balls’. I think they just take some getting used to. The almond pastry has an entirely different taste than butter pastries – they are not as sweet and the flavor is pretty strong. I like them, but Robert would much rather have my homemade banana walnut raisin bread. 🙂
I can’t wait to see what comes out for Christmas!