Marañuelas

My mom asked me: what is going to be your next post? Any new recipe that you have in mind? I just told her that this week I was running out of ideas and I didn´t have anything in mind yet.

‘Well, you should try the Marañuelas’, she said.. automatically my mind started to work and got a clear idea of how I wanted to present this recipe. Good! some ideas came to my mind, my mom sent me the recipe and I started to work on it.

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Marañuelas are a popular sweet treat from my region in Spain (Asturias), they used to make it during Easter period, but nowadays you can find them at any time of the year.

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You´ll see that they have different shapes, that is because in the early days every family would have their own shape of Marañuela, so they could distinguish them in the common oven (I think it´s so cool that they would share the same oven, it gives a nice community feeling)

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It´s pretty easy to make them, and they are delicious,I  hope you like them, so let´s go for it!

Ingredients:

2 eggs

250 gr of sugar

125 gr of butter

500 gr of flour

A teaspoon of baking powder

A dash of anise

A pinch of cinnamon

Lemon zest

How to make Marañuelas:

 It is recommended to clarify the butter first: put the butter in a saucepan at low heat, don´t stir and just let it cook slowly. You will see that it will start forming a white foam on the surface after is cooking for five minutes. Now remove the white foam with a spoon to let the rest of the liquid butter clean, finally you can filter if there are still some remaining foam.

In a big bowl combine the liquid butter, the sugar, add the eggs (one by one), the anise, lemon and cinnamon.

Add the flour and the baking powder carefully and mix well until the dough is not sticky anymore.

Take a piece of the dough and make the shape that you like most, place them in the baking tray with some space in between because they will grow in the oven. Preheat the oven at 180º C and leave your Marañuelas in the oven for about 25 minutes.

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Different shapes of Marañuelas

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Let them cool down and enjoy them right away!!! Nice to have them for breakfast, coffee..what ever occasion that you think will be ok!

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Have a nice day!!!

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