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Thursday, February 2, 2023

Ensaimada (Ensaymada)

Aloha Everyone,

Marina’s repertoire of cooking includes Spanish, Filipino and other Euro-Asian fares. An exception to her preparations of main dishes is ensaimadas. It is a pastry product originally from Mallorca, Balearic Islands, Spain. Popular food for breakfast or snack, ensaimadas are commonly eaten in Southwestern Europe, Latin America and the Philippines.

Main ingredients are wheat flour, egg, sugar, salt and a generous amount of butter. Sprinkle grated cheese and it is irresistible. I take one small bite of this pastry and its richness is sufficient to give me a sugar high.

J.J. and I have a couple of Marina’s ensaimadas in our freezer. They are reserved for when we are looking for a sweet treat. Marina told me that each batch of ensaimadas takes 6 hours to bake. Adding her preparation time for the pastry dough, sacrificing her sleep is often the case.

Aloha -- Cathi