Spain’s desserts range from being smooth and creamy such as flan and crema Catalana to sweet, crispy pastries such as polvorones and churros. Traditionally, these desserts were made by nuns but today, Spanish desserts can be easily made at home. Spanish sweets are not only served as dessert, but are commonly served for breakfast or as a snack. Many Spanish desserts will satisfy the sweet tooth of not only children, but adults as well.
Churros con Chocolate
Churros, long, fluted strips of freshly-fried fritters coated in cinnamon and sugar, are thought to have originated in Madrid. When fried to a crisp, golden brown, kids will enjoy this popular Spanish dessert when it is dipped in thick, hot chocolate milk. Churros con Chocolate is also often served for breakfast or as a mid-afternoon snack.
Flan is a sweet, caramel custard made from condensed milk, often compared to crème brulee. Strawberry flan is a variation of this dessert which is flavored with fresh strawberries. The flan is created by blending the strawberries with sugar, eggs and condensed milk. Children will enjoy this creamy dessert when it’s served chilled, straight from the refrigerator.
Cinnamon Ice Cream
A classic, Spanish dessert, cinnamon ice cream is usually served in cafés and in restaurants. This dessert is made with milk, cinnamon sticks, lemon rind and eggs. The mixture is heated, allowed to cool then frozen until it is ready to serve. This cold, creamy dessert is a great treat to serve kids during the summer.
Arroz con Leche
Arroz con leche literally means rice with milk. This Spanish dessert is a pudding made with milk, cinnamon, rice, eggs, sugar, butter and nutmeg. Children will like this sweet, creamy dessert served warm or cold. Arroz con leche can also be served with an extra sprinkle of cinnamon and raisins.
Pinchos de Frutas
Pinchos de frutas is a dessert made of different kinds of fruits sprinkled with brown sugar on a skewer. This is usually made with chunks of banana, apples, pears and melons but other fruits such as strawberries and oranges may be used as well. Pinchos de frutas is a healthy dessert that children can enjoy grilled or served fresh and is often dipped in melted dark chocolate or cream.
References and ResourcesSpain Recipes: Spanish Dessert Recipes and Sweet Treats
ResourcesSpain Recipes: Churros
Spain Recipes: Strawberry Flan
Spain Recipes: Cinnamon Ice Cream
Spain Recipes: Arroz con Leche