martes, 16 de noviembre de 2010

Christmas Flavours of Spain, part 1: Turrón de Jijona



I love Turrón de Jijona... It's one of the varieties of Turrón that exist in Spain. The ingredients are almonds, honey, sugar and egg whites and the texture is sticky but at the same time dry... I can't explain it... it has to be tried!!
I haven't tried to make it myself (yet) but, due to its popularity, it's quite easy to find abroad (When I say "easy", I mean "easy", not "cheap". Actually, here in Germany it's VERY expensive). In any case, my parents sent me a Turrón Bar in their Christmas Parcel:

After this brief introduction to the (delicious) world of Turrón, let's start with my Turrón de Jijona Cupcakes.
The ingredients are the same as in my previous recipe... but adding Almond Extract.
  • 2 eggs
  • 175 gr. flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 115 gr. butter
  • 200 gr. sugar
  • 1 tbsp vainilla sugar
  • 120 ml milk
  • 1 tsp almond extract
Mix the ingredients as you would in any other cupcake recipe (The thing is... I always end up adding everything in the wrong order... and it works nonetheless haha). Then, bake at 180ºC for 20-22 mins (check with a skewer).

For the icing, I whipped cream, whilst adding 2 tbsp vainilla sugar. And then I added a portion of Turrón:
It would be even better if you add more Turrón. But I only have this Turrón Bar... and I want it to last until Christmas!!
Then, with the help of a spoon, I spread it on top of the cupcakes (the Turrón de Jijona has some almond bits that wouldn't go through the noozle of the piping bag). And decorated it with Polvorón crumbs.
Polvorón crumbs??
Yes! Polvorones are another kind of Spanish Christmas Sweet. Also made with almonds, they're similar to shortbread... but definitely heavier on the stomach!!!!! There are many varieties... I used the basic almond ones (only because those are the only ones I have here! haha)

(My poor Polvorón ready to be torn into crumbs!!)





My cross-stitched table runner... haha. I can't resist showing it!!










My teddy bear (named: "Navidad") wants a cupcake too!!


It was a present from Andrew... I love it!!!
Close up... YUM!!!


I hope you like my recipe! If you can find Turrón and Polvorones somewhere in your city... I recommend trying this original way to eat them :)

PS: Can someone make the rain STOP??? It has been raining (without stopping) for 5 or 6 days now... I even had to run into my living room with the cupcakes in my hands during this "photoshoot" because it started to rain so hard it was making the balcony (and the cupcakes) wet!!!

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