Easter in Spain

It’s not just chocolate bunnies and egg hunts this time of year in Spain – Easter is one of the biggest holidays in this corner of the world. The religious celebrations last a whole week– Semana Santa (Holy Week) is piously celebrated with daily processions and reenactments of the Passion of the Christ. All throughout the country, parades fill the streets, delicious pastries tempt from bakery windows, and families gather to spend time together during the long weekend.

The religious processions that fill the streets during Semana Santa are a spectacle to behold – and perhaps none more so than in Sevilla. Every day, elaborate floats are carried around town by religious brotherhoods dressed up in robes and tall, conical, Ku Klux Klan-like hats that can make quite an eerie first impression. The air is scented by incense and the streets are filled with religious songs, chants, and prayers. Though grand and lively, the week has a somber air to it – but it’s joyfully lifted on Easter Sunday.

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And of course, it wouldn’t be a Spanish holiday without some special, traditional treats. Easter is all about the sweets, and there’s plenty of sugary delights to indulge in. Torrijas are a staple – a French toast-like dish that’s omnipresent during this time, commonly eaten all across the country. But instead of being soaked in milk before it’s fried, some soak the bread in wine, as well as sweetening it with honey or a dash of cinnamon.

Semana Santa is a time for doughnuts of all shapes and sizes! Fried dough comes in many different forms during this time, be it cinnamon sugar-coated doughnut balls (buñuelos) or fried empanadas filled with custard and topped with powdered sugar (bartolillos). Particularly delightful and seasonal are the flower-shaped flores de Semana Santa, crisp and delicate fried treats. There are regional variations too, like pestiños, fried and glazed sesame-flavored dough that’s common in Andalucía.

Mona de Pascua is an Easter cake typical in Catalonia and Valencia that’s topped with eggs – hard-boiled eggs used to be the norm, but now it’s more commonly studded with chocolate eggs. They range from simple brioche dough cakes to elaborate chocolatey creations topped with colorful feathers and figures. It’s typical for godparents to give these to their godchildren on Easter Monday.

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Garbanzos con bacalao y espinacas. Hola a tod@s! Hoy un plato de cuchara, por si a alguien os interesa, os digo cómo lo hago…? Por una parte cocemos los garbanzos (previamente a remojo la noche anterior) con un puerro y una zanahoria troceados, chorrín aove, sal y los cubrimos de agua. Mientras, sofreimos en un poco de aove, 1 cebolleta picadita, 1 diente ajo, 1 tomate maduro rallado , 1/2 cucharadita de harina y 1 cucharadita pimentón agridulce…le agregamos un poco del caldo de cocción de los garbanzos, dejamos que se integre todo y lo añadimos a los garbanzos ya cocidos junto con las espinacas y los trozos de bacalao previamente desalados. Lo dejamos al chup chup como 10', que repose un poco…y listo!!! Este bacalao está desalado en casa, 2 días en la nevera, cambiando el agua 2/3 veces al día, …Se puede comprar ya desalado…? Para engordar la salsa, se puede sustituir la cucharita de harina por un majado de pan frito… Que paséis un feliz lunes!! ❤ #bacalao#bacalhau#codfish#fish#garbanzos#chickpeas#espinacas#comida#lunch#deliciousfood#riquisimo#homemade#comidacasera#spinach#cuchareo#garbanzosconbacalao#garbanzosconespinacas#chickpeastew#stew#potaje#comidasaludable#comidamediterranea#pimentondelavera#cebolla#ajo

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But it’s not just sweets! In Salamanca and Ávila, people eat hornazos, meat pies that are filled with pork, chorizo, and hard-boiled eggs. Meat is not typically eaten during Semana Santa though, and there’s a focus on seafood and vegetarian dishes, like potaje de Vigilia, a hearty stew of chickpeas, spinach, garlic, and hard-boiled egg that’s eaten on Good Friday. Sopa de ajo is also common, a soup of garlic, bread, and chicken broth that’s topped with a poached or hard-boiled egg. Fish, like the popular bacalao (codfish), is prepared in many different ways, including in a fried fritter form, buñuelos de bacalao.

Above all, Easter in Spain is a time to spend with family. Whether it’s around the table or frying up buñuelos in the kitchen or watching the processions through town, families spend this long weekend together.

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