The story of the legendary sweetness of Spain

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Palma: I live in Mallorca, a small island located in the Mediterranean Sea. Besides its clear turquoise waters, verdant mountains and sandy beaches, which are great tourist attractions, the relatively small island with a total population of less than 900,000, hosts a wide variety of local festivities. The feast of the “Edges”, which means Virgins, is celebrated each year on October 21.

Legend has it that around AD 384, Saint Ursula made a pilgrimage from England to Rome to meet the Pope before her marriage. On her trip, she was accompanied by 10 virgins. On their return to England, they are arrested in Cologne (Germany) by the army of the Huns, whose King Atila falls in love with Ursula. However, after she and her young daughters refused sexual advances from the king and his men, protecting their virginity, they were beheaded in a massacre.

Due to translation errors of medieval scriptures, the 11 virgins became 11,000 virgins! Saint Ursula is today one of the patronesses of the city of Cologne. The Virgin Islands, located in the Caribbean Sea, were named after them by Christopher Columbus. In Mallorca, tradition has it that on this day young men, wearing carnations, serenade their loved ones under their windows. If they are successful, they will be invited and will receive “buñuelos”, a fried dough donut, and muscat, a sweet wine with a fairly high graduation for a wine.

This tradition is still celebrated in various towns on the island, although it is mainly reduced to the consumption of the buñuelos. My son will have a school party where he will bake the sweet treat for a snack, you can usually buy them in town squares too, and most families will bake them at home.

Buñuelos are a candy of Spanish origin and very popular in regions with a historical connection to Spain, such as Latin America and Israel, with varied recipes. The “bunyols of the verges” (buñuelos virgins) are prepared in Mallorca for this holiday and All Saints’ Day on November 1 and contain potatoes, as well as sweet potatoes. I will surely bake this sweet treat, and invite everyone to try it.

Buñuelos recipe

Ingredients:

50 ml of water

30 grams of pressed yeast

250 grams of potatoes

250 grams of sweet potatoes

250 grams of flour

3 eggs

1 liter of oil

Sugar for coating

Preperation:

Boil the potatoes and sweet potatoes until tender. Crush them, and once cooled, mix with the flour, eggs and yeast (previously diluted in a glass of water). Heat a frying pan with the oil and make small circles with slightly damp hands (so that the dough does not stick to the hands). Fry them in hot oil. Remove them once they are golden and coat them in sugar. To be enjoyed with a sweet wine or a cup of hot chocolate. Good profit as the Mallorcans would say.

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Posted on: Thursday, October 21, 2021, 7:00 a.m. IST

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