What are the typical desserts in Catalonia and the Penedes region surrounding Sitges? To name them all the list would be too long. So in this article we would like to write about two in particular that are very traditional and sometimes not so easy to find.
But let’s make a comment about the container of the desserts in the picture. There is so much about Penedes in that picture! The plate holding the dessert is actually half a bottle of cava wine. That it is not a coincidence. In fact, we have been tasting this food at Mirador de les Caves near Sant Sadurní d’Aloia, the capital of cava wine in Catalonia. This is an amazing restaurant with a breathtaking view which serves a huge variety of cava from the many local producers in the area. The restaurant is actually next Cava Llopart so you can also find many, if not all, Llopart cava and wines.
Now the desserts. The succulent one on top is a beautiful chocolate creation of the restaurant chef. The plate with biscuits and chocolate confetti are Carquinyolis and Catànies respectively. The first is baked like a biscuit and mixed with sweet bread and almonds. It is crunchy and sweet and it is best when accompanied with some sweet wine. In this case Sitges Malvasia would have been a perfect match.
Catànies is a chocolate sweet typical of Vilafranca del Penedès and some other near towns. It is made with marcona -a prestigious Catalan type- almonds, toasted and covered first by caramel and afterwards by a thick lay of white chocolate or a mixture of almond, hazelnut and milk. Finally they are covered by a thin lay of powdered black chocolate, sometimes mixed with a little bit of invisible sugar. They are often given as gifts or eaten for example with the coffee, after a meal as we were doing.
If you want to try yourself these desserts while you are touring the wine region near Sitges just go to El Mirador de les Caves and check this link to have more information about the menu and exact location: http://www.miradordelescaves.com/