DESSERTS TO RUIN YOUR DIET

Top 10

If you are on a diet or are considering starting one, it would be better to skip this section. You have been warned! We give you ten temptations that put the sweet note at the end of a meal or can be enjoyed whenever. Any time is a good time to give into your cravings, especially when it tastes as heavenly as these. So forget the calories and enjoy!

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DESSERTS TO RUIN YOUR DIET

ASIÁTICO

Dessert or coffee? Now there's no need to choose as you can have both, thanks to this two-in-one original and delicious coffee with condensed milk and brandy, accompanied by a few drops of Liquor 43, cinnamon, lemon zest and coffee beans. Typical of Cartagena and the surrounding region, they say that the Filipinos who came to the port in merchants' ships introduced the recipe. It is served in a unique glass: the Asian Cup, so original that it has become one of the most popular souvenirs of Cartagena.

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DESSERTS TO RUIN YOUR DIET

LECHE FRITA

Ok, so we already know it's a dessert that exists everywhere in Spain, but what if we add liquor flambé and a bowl of nougat ice cream to the recipe? Or, if you prefer, arrope y calabazate, made from a mixture of grape juice, figs, melon, quince jelly or sweet potato. This is a universal recipe with a regional touch.

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DESSERTS TO RUIN YOUR DIET

PAN DE CALATRAVA

This delicious dessert was born out of the Muslim influence in the region, involving humble ingredients and simple preparation but with spectacular results. It only uses crème caramel, caramel and day-old bread or cakes but this mixture of textures and flavours work really well together, giving it a place in the top 10 ranking of desserts.

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DESSERTS TO RUIN YOUR DIET

PAPARAJOTE

For foreigners this is a sweet surprise. It is a lemon tree leaf battered in dough of flour, egg, milk and shavings of lemon, which is fried and then dusted in cinnamon and sugar. Accompanied by a small glass of sweet wine it is a typical Murcian pleasure. However, don't be deceived, the leaf CANNOT be eaten. If you visit us during the Spring Festival don't forget to ask for it in any of the stalls scattered throughout the city, typical places in which to enjoy Murcian gastronomy in its purest form.

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DESSERTS TO RUIN YOUR DIET

TORTADAS

A dessert very popular in the surrounding areas of the Segura River, this is the typical dessert for big celebrations. With sponge, almonds, pastry cream or angel hair and meringue, this cake is 'constructed' in layers, making a most appetising 'building'.

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DESSERTS TO RUIN YOUR DIET

FRUITS

The sun, earth and water of our region help make our fruits an authentic gastronomic treasure. The Jumilla pear freshly picked from the tree and marinated in wine or chutney will make your mouth water. The Torre Pacheco melon that comes in four varieties and different shapes, colours and flavours is both the freshest and healthiest melon that you've ever tried, while you may think that you're tasting a piece of earth-born sunlight with the round and yellow Cieza peach. Alcuza pears, a sweet and juicy apple of Arabic origin, apricots, Jumilla cherries, table grapes and oranges are other great examples of our fruit production. They are as sweet as our pastries but much less caloric.

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DESSERTS TO RUIN YOUR DIET

BIENMESABE

A mixture of Arab, Roman and Christian knowledge, sponge, syrup, sweet pumpkin filling and almond are among the main ingredients of this dish. It serves as a practical demonstration of how delicious a combination of cultures can be.

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DESSERTS TO RUIN YOUR DIET

TOCINO DE CIELO

This melt-in-the-mouth delicacy is perfect even for those with the greatest sweet-tooth, and uniquely in this region we add lemon and cinnamon to the syrup. Although it is a delight by itself, it is usually accompanied by fruit, whipped cream or ice cream.

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DESSERTS TO RUIN YOUR DIET

ALMOJÁBANAS

Sweets made from flour, sugar, eggs and oil that, once cooked, get their special touch by being soaked in mead. This is one of the ways that the Vega Baja de Segura likes to leave visitors with a good taste in their mouth.

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DESSERTS TO RUIN YOUR DIET

MANTELLINA

Alone, or to accompany any dessert, this is a typical drink in Totana and is made with water, honey, lemon juice, sweet wine (or muscatel) and star anise. Its sweetness and the ease with which it is drunk helps put that final 'dot' to the end of a meal.

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