Do you want to learn how to make a Christmas Pan de Cádiz? It is extremely simple if you know how. Therefore, we explain how to make it at home with this extremely exquisite recipe.
Within the typical Christmas sweets , among which the nougat or the shortbread stand out in the South of Spain is the so-called Pan de Cádiz, a kind of marzipan that continues to be a clear protagonist of Cadiz gastronomy during the Christmas period.
It is a sweet that is made with an egg mass filled with candied fruit that gives it a most characteristic sweet flavor. Although the origin of this sweet is not entirely clear, everything seems to indicate that it became famous after the War of Independence, a war that took place between Spain and Napoleon’s France at the beginning of the 19th century.
At that time, the only way that the people of Cadiz had to feed themselves was through the huge quantities of almonds that came from the Americas and that were stored for long months. When Christmas came, they were “forced” to create sweets with them in order to combat the cold and make Easter more enjoyable.
From the 50s it was when this soft nougat full of glazed fruit really began to have a great acceptance among all social classes of that time, until it officially received the name “Pan de Cádiz”
Cadiz bread Recipe. Very simple to prepare
In short, if you are tired of always having the same sweets during Christmas, you can be very sure that this bread from Cádiz will exceed all your expectations. Would you like to learn how to cook it with your own hands? Well, then you will have no choice but to pay close attention to the following lines.
Ingredients for the Cadiz bread:
- 150 grams of almond flour
- 200 grams of sugar
- 50 grams of icing sugar
- 6 egg yolks
- Candied fruit to our liking
Steps to make the Cádiz bread:
Once we have all these ingredients, we will proceed to make the marzipan dough. Although you will see how simple it is to prepare.
- We will start with the almond flour (they sell it in many supermarkets already prepared) that we will mix with the sugar. Add the three egg whites and stir everything in a large bowl with the help of a wooden spoon. We will repeat this process for a couple of minutes until we get consistent dough.
- With the help of a roller, we will make four sheets of a finger thick that we will stack one on top of the other with the help of a transparent film. We put them in the fridge, cover them and let them solidify.
- While they are there, we mix another three egg yolks together with the icing sugar. Put this mixture in a saucepan over low heat and then stir everything for 15 minutes until you get a kind of jam.
- We take the sheets out of the fridge to start assembling this Cádiz bread. We will start with one at the base on which we will put a little candied fruit to our liking along with another sheet. With the help of a plate, we “crush” the marzipan so that everything is very compact. Then we put another sheet of marzipan next to the egg candy mixture that we have made in the third point. We put another layer of candied fruit and cover it with the last sheet.
- After this, we will close and knead the marzipan sheets and the candied fruit with our own hands so that all the ingredients are impregnated with the sweet egg. We can also use a pizza cutter to give it a more rectangular shape and get rid of the leftover parts of the marzipan.
- We pass it to a tray with baking paper at its base. We activate the grill option of the oven for less than ten minutes at a temperature of 250º. Although it does not hurt to keep an eye on the dough until it is well browned and does not burn. It can be accompanied with a rich sweet wine. And to enjoy!