Warning: If you're on a diet or thinking of starting one, it might be better if you skip this section. Don't say we didn't warn you!
Some call them a sin, others pure vice... the fact is that the Region of Murcia's desserts and confectionary are a real temptation for those with a sweet tooth. Honey, flour, eggs, milk or sugar; fried, fresh or baked; you will find thousands of sweet combinations that will have you licking your lips and your fingers with pleasure.
Each season and each festival has its own particular sweet, so there's no chance of monotony.
Forget about calories and enjoy!
WELCOME ALL SWEET-TOOTHS
Finish your meal with a sweet touch or enjoy them in between time. Any time is good for a treat, especially one that tastes divine. Discover each of the delicious titbits that this area offers; you can start your diet next Monday!
WHAT CAN I HAVE FOR PUDDING?
01 Almojábenas. Cakes made with flour, sugar, eggs and oil, soaked in mead once they are cooked, which gives them their special touch. The perfect way people in the Vega Baja area have of leaving diners with a pleasant taste in their mouths.
02 Arrope y calabazate. Sephardic in origin, it is made by mixing grape must with fruit such as figs, melon or quince and sweet potatoes. Although you can find it all year round, it is a typical All Saints Day dessert.
03 Asiático. Dessert or coffee? Or both in one, with this coffee served with condensed milk, cognac and cinnamon. Typical in Cartagena and the local area, it is served in its own characteristic glass: an Asiático glass... Elementary, my dear Watson.
04 Bienmesabe. With a name that means "tastes good to me", what more can be said about this dessert? Sponge cake, syrup, candied pumpkin strands and almonds are the main ingredients of this dessert; a mixture of Arab, Roman and Christian flavours.
05 Flores de novia. A sweet that used to be a must at weddings in Cartagena, made from flour and eggs fried in plenty of oil and then drenched in mead, preferably with rosemary. What better way to celebrate a marriage?
06 Huevos a la nieve. There's not much snow in our Region, unless we're talking about these sponge fingers with meringue cooked in milk and bathed in custard. The Eskimos will be envious!
07 Leche frita. Yes, you can find these sweet béchamel fritters anywhere in Spain, but what if we add flambéing with some liqueur and a scoop of nougat ice cream? A local touch to a universal recipe.
08 Macedonia de frutas. Direct from the field to your bowl; the colour, fragrance and flavour of the local produce in this fruit salad is sure to surprise you. As sweet as cakes and a lot less calories.
09 Mantellina. On its own or as an accompaniment to a dessert, this drink is made from water, honey, lemon juice, dessert wine (or muscatel) and dry anisette. Sweet and easy to drink, it adds that special something to the end of a meal.
10 Pan de Calatrava. Caramel custard and day-old bread. A blend of superimposed textures and flavours in a combination that scores 10 out of 10.
11 Paparajotes. A dessert that is sure to surprise "outsiders". A lemon leaf coated in a batter made of flour, egg and lemon zest and then fried and dusted in sugar and cinnamon. Served with a glass of sweet wine this is a real Murcian pleasure. But don't let them trick you; the leaf is NOT for eating.
12 Peras al vino tinto. We like pears and we like wine. Now a combination of the two, that's irresistible. Served warm, the juice is just heavenly.
13 Tocino de cielo. A melt-in-the-mouth, sweet-tooth's dessert par excellence. What's unusual in our Region is that we add lemon and cinnamon to the syrup.
14 Tortada. With sponge, almonds, confectioner's custard or candied pumpkin and meringue, this cake is built up in different layers. A very sweet edifice.