The gañotes are a typical sweet of Holy Week, which are made every year in Cádiz (specifically they are popular in Ubrique). Discover how to make them at home with this recipe.
Gañote is a traditional sweet from the Sierra de Grazalema in the province of Cádiz. It is prepared in Lent and throughout Holy Week.
The dough with which these sweets are prepared is very similar to that of the donuts, they are flavored with cinnamon and anise, and the difference with the donuts is the shape that is given to this sweet, which is in a spiral.
The spiral shape is given using some metal rods or tubes. The gañotes dough is prepared with eggs, flour, sugar, sesame (sesame), grated orange and lemon peel, olive or sunflower oil and flavored with cinnamon and anise.
Holy Week also has a wide gastronomy that is also linked to these dates in which both sweets and pastries have their niche these days.
- 500 grams of simple wheat flour sifted.
- 150 grams of sugar.
- 3 large eggs.
- 3 measures of half an eggshell of olive oil mild flavor for the dough.
- A tablespoon of ground cinnamon.
- A tablespoon of anise grain.
- A tablespoon of sesame (sesame).
- The grated skin of a lemon and an orange.
- The skin of an orange.
- Mild flavored virgin olive oil or sunflower oil for frying.
- Icing sugar to decorate, white sugar or honey.
- Wash the orange and lemon well before grating their skins. We also wash the skin of the orange.
- In a bowl we put the beaten eggs, and we add the sugar, the grated orange, the lemon, the oil for the dough and stir to mix well.
- Next we add the cinnamon, the matalahúva, the sesame and mix again. Add the sifted flour and knead until all the ingredients are well mixed.
- Knead until the dough does not stick to your hands.
- Once the dough is made, we put it on the counter; we spread it with the help of the rolling pin. Once well extended we cut it into strips.
- We are rolling each one of the strips on each piece of cane or metal tube to give it the shape of a spiral and reserve.
- In a frying pan, heat the oil along with the orange peel. When the skin of the orange is golden, we remove it and fry the gañotes without removing the canes.
- We fry the gañotes on both sides, and to turn them over and fry them well we can help ourselves with a fork.
- We are depositing the gañotes on a plate that we have covered with absorbent paper or napkins so that the oil drains. Let the gañotes cool and then carefully remove the canes.
When presenting them we can rub them with sugar, sprinkle them with icing sugar, or rub them with honey.
How to bathe the gañotes in honey:
To bathe the gañotes in honey and that the honey is impregnated once they dry you can follow the following steps:
- 200 ml. of honey.
- 50ml of water.
- In a saucepan, put the honey on the fire when it is hot. Heat, add the water and while it continues to heat with low heat, stir until the water and honey are well mixed.
- Cook over low heat until it starts to boil.
- We remove the honey from the heat and while it is still hot, we pass the grouts through the honey one by one, helping us with tweezers so as not to burn ourselves and placing them on a grid so that they drain the honey and dry at the same time.