16 Apr, 2022 @ 10:15
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Six typical Easter dishes to savour during Semana Santa in Spain

Semana Santa in Sevilla
Image from: Cordon Press

EASTER is a really big deal Spain with huge crowds of spectators lining the streets to watch the Semana Santa processions and all that religious fervour can work up quite an appetite.

Visitors may be surprised at the lack of focus on chocolate Easter eggs but there are plenty of other scrumptious traditional Spanish treats to mark the occasion.


Spanish torrijas. Image from Wikipedia

The most famous and essential of all Easter dishes in Spain is their very own version of French toast. Thick chunks of bread soaked in milk, fried and oozing sweet syrup, these iconic torrijas are as much a part of Semana Santa as pointy hats and religious statues.

They are on sale everywhere from restaurants to bakeries or you can easily make your own at home.

READ MORE: Three Michelin-starred chef Dabiz Muñoz reveals winning recipe for Spain’s famous Torrijas

Flores fritas

Flores Fritas typical dessert from Castilla la Mancha and Castilla Leon. Image from Wikipedia

These beautiful flower shaped treats are traditionally found in Castilla-La Mancha and Castille y Leon regions but you’ll find them for sale across Spain.

Prepared from egg, flour and milk and of course sugar, Spanish housewives traditionally used to compete to make the most beautiful ones with the flower-shaped moulds passed down from generation to generation.

La Mona de Pascua 

If this brioche bun looks familiar it is because it bears striking resemblance to Spain’s Roscon de Reyes Christmas cake.

Particularly popular in Catalunya and Valencia regions, the cakes are given as gifts to children at Easter and often now contain a chocolate egg at the centre rather than the traditional boiled egg of days of old.

La Mona de Pascua very typical dessert from Cataluña and Valencia. Image from Cordon Press

Buñuelos de viento 

While this dessert can be found all year round it is especially popular in Semana Santa.  Essentially a fried doughnut, these very sweet treats are basically fried dough balls covered with sugar. Bueñuelos are typical in every region but the best ones can be found in Andalucia, and are especially good in Granada.

Buñuelos de viento famous dessert across Spain. Image from Wikipedia


Also a popular dish at Christmas, Pestiños are a traditional Spanish pastry made from flour, aniseed, and olive oil. Especially popular across southern Spain, you’ll find them glazed with honey and sprinkled with sugar.

Pestiños are typically prepared in Andalucia. Image from Wikipedia.

Potaje de Vigilia

For those who, heaven forbid, don’t have a sweet tooth, there is an essential Easter savoury dish to be tasted.

This hearty stew made with cod, chickpeas, spinach and garlic and hard-boiled egg is traditionally served on Good Friday. It is known as ‘Vigil stew’ supposedly as it is eaten by the faithful as they await the resurrection.

Potaje a Spanish dish for Semana Santa. Image from Cordon Press.


Jorge Hinojosa

Jorge Hinojosa Mena was born and bred in Madrid before moving to the UK to study. After an undergraduate degree in Manchester, he completed an MA in International Journalism at City. He has worked in radio and for Spain’s Efe news agency before joining the Olive Press in March 2022. Contact: [email protected]

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