Mona de Pascua Recipe - Easter in Spain

Mona de Pascua Recipe - Chocolate eggs are not associated with Easter in Spain although you will see some available in the supermarkets. The Spanish celebrate with a round sweet bread called Mona de Pascua, this is sprinkled with sugar and topped with a hard boiled egg. These are eaten on Easter Monday and are a sign of the end of lent, when the whole family will go out for a picnic in the country.

Some families now prefer the more modern method of preparing this cake which involves chocolate and a lot of vibrant colours and cakes this version would be topped with nuts, candied fruits, or chocolate, with chocolate eggs (instead of the hard boiled) with colourful feathers and figurines of baby chicks!

Another favourite to be served during Easter are Torrijas, which are bread, dipped in milk and egg, then fried, before being sprinkled in sugar and drenched in honey or cinnamon, this is very similar to French Toast and is also known as Spanish Bread Pudding.  Find the recipe for this tasty treat HERE

A typical family Easter Sunday dinner will generally consist of garlic soup (sopa de ajo) with a baked egg in the middle and fresh seafood.

Mona de Pascua Recipe

INGREDIENTS

1/2 kg Flour

75 g Sugar

50 g Butter

3 Eggs

10 gr. Salt

1 Lemon rind, grated

50 g. Yeast

Milk

For decoration:

Hard boiled eggs

Oil

Egg, beaten

Mona de Pascua Recipe

METHOD

Knead the flour with the sugar, eggs, salt, yeast, butter and lemon rind.

Add the milk slowly until you have a homogeneous mass that pulls away from your hands.

Let stand for 30 minutes.

Shape it into a mountain, making a depression in the top, spreading it out until it forms a crown.

Brush with oil and firmly press in the boiled eggs in their shells.

Brush with beaten egg and sprinkle with sugar.

Allow to ferment for 20 minutes and bake at 170ºC for 45 minutes.

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