The Most Sensational Spanish Dessert Recipes

Published : 08/18/2017 16:56:56
Categories : Eatapas News , Eatapas Suggestions , Recipes

Spanish desserts are huge in Spanish culture, with each city having their own specialities. In fact, you’ll find it hard to walk down a street in Spain that doesn’t have a "pastelerias" or cake shop. Even if you don’t have a particularly sweet tooth, there really is something for everyone. We’ve put together a list of our favourite Spanish dessert recipes for you to try at home. 

Sensational Spanish Dessert Recipes

Tarta de Santiago Recipe (Prep Time: 15 min, Cook Time: 30 mins)

You’ll find this Spanish Almond cake on almost every menu in Madrid. If you’re a lover of Almonds, you’re onto a winner with this one! Simple yet delicious.


  • 9-inch glass pie dish for this recipe-- but in Spain, we improvise! Adjust bake time for a smaller dish.
  • Crust
  • 1 egg
  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • 1¼ heaping cups of flour (you may need more)
  • Filling
  • 4 eggs
  • 1¼ cups of sugar
  • Grated zest from one lemon
  • 2 cups of finely ground almonds
  • Topping
  • Powdered sugar
  • Fresh fruit

Learn how to make this recipe here.


Tarta de Queso (Prep Time: 10 min, Cook Time: 45 mins)

Tarta de Queso is a delicious mix between a fluffy cheesecake and a creamy ricotta pie! What’s not to love?


  • 200 grams (a little under 8 ounces) of ricotta cheese (or similar)
  • 2 eggs
  • 70 grams (5 T) of unsalted butter (at room temperature)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Small pinch of salt

Find out how to make this recipe here.


Torrijas with Cinnamon and Honey (Prep Time: 5 min, Cook Time: 60 mins)

Torrijas are tasty little bites of Spanish style French toast traditionally served at Easter. The coating on Torrijas can vary, but this cinnamon and honey recipe is a real winner, and the addition of cardamom seeds adds something a little bit special!


  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 liter (about a quart) of whole milk
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 3 tablespoons of honey
  • Good quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon of cardamom seeds
  • A thick bar of slightly stale French bread (or other, basically what you’d normally use to make a thick French toast)

Find out how to make this tasty dessert here.


Homemade Spanish Crema Catalana Recipe

Crema Catalana is the Spanish version of a Crème Brule. They differ by Crema Catalana being made with milk rather than cream and often includes the addition of lemon or cinnamon flavours. What’s more, a Ban Marie is not needed for cooking, which makes this dessert really simple to make!


  • 2 tablespoons (15 g) of cornstarch
  • 2¼ cups of whole milk
  • A big slice of peel from a lemon and an orange (note: not the zest, but rather big slices of the peel)
  • ½ a cinnamon stick
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons superfine sugar (if you can't find superfine, don't worry, it'll just be a bit more grainy)
  • Additional sugar to caramelize on top
  • Fresh fruit (like figs, raspberries or strawberries) to top

Find out how to make this recipe here.


Homemade Churros Recipe (Prep Time: 10 min, Cook Time: 15 mins)

Churros for breakfast anyone? Arguably one the most well known Spanish desserts, this recipe will surprise you with how easy these tasty treats are to make!


  • 1 cup + 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 cup flour (Sensi used pastry flour but all other recipes I've seen use all-purpose)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon (not typical in Spanish churros but Sensi used it and it was delicious!)
  • Olive oil for frying (you can substitute vegetable oil if you must, but everyone in Andalusia fries with olive oil)

Learn how to make this dessert here.


Quesillo Canario: Canarian Style Flan (Prep Time: 10 min, Cook Time: 50 mins)

This Catalan Flan recipe is made with condensed milk which makes it super rich and creamy. A definite crowd pleaser!


  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 cups of whole milk
  • 2 cups of condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Lemon zest from one lemon
  • Caramel to coat the pan with (you can also make your own caramel by heating sugar-- see below*)

Find out how to make this dessert here.


Pastéis de Nata (Prep Time: 10 min, Cook Time: 50 mins)

Pastéis de Nata are traditional Portuguese custard tarts flavoured with lemon and cinnamon. Top tip: get your oven really hot and brown the tarts really well to crisp up the puff pastry case. Best eaten warm.


  • 600g puff pastry
  • 500ml whole milk
  • Peel of one lemon, no white rind
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
  • 60g plain flour
  • 500g caster sugar
  • 250ml water
  • 7 egg yolks
  • Soft butter for greasing

You can find out how to make this recipe here.

Pears in Red Wine with Lemon Curd Ice Cream (Prep Time: 20 min, Cook Time: 90 mins)

This Spanish classic dessert originates from La Rijoa and dates back to the 1980s. The secret is to make a delicious cooking liquor which will soak into the soft pear – simply delicious!



For the Pears:

  • 4 large William pears, peeled
  • 1 bottle of full body red wine
  • 1 glass of port
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 1 vanilla pod, split into two
  • 3 cloves
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
  • 1 star anise
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Peel of 1 orange
  • Peel of 1 lemon

For the Lemon Curd Ice Cream:

  • 300ml fresh whole milk
  • 300ml double cream
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 300g lemon curd
  • Peel of 1 lemon

Learn how to make this dish here.


Baked Apples with Raisins and Rum Caramel Sauce (Prep Time: 15 min, Cook Time: 45 mins)

Baked apples are a traditional recipe in Spain called Manzanas Asadas. The addition of orange peel and cinnamon to this traditional recipe makes it even sweeter and stickier, just how we like it!


  • 4 russet apples
  • 100g of soft unsalted butter, plus extra to grease the baking tray
  • 4 tbsp of raisins
  • 1 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • Zest of one orange
  • 100g brown sugar, plus extra to sprinkle on the apples

You can find out how to make this recipe here.


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Rice Pudding with Caramelised Peaches (Prep Time: 10 min, Cook Time: 90 mins)

Arroz con leche is the Spanish version of a rice pudding, traditionally served cold. Adding sweet, sticky peaches to a rich pudding takes it up a level!


  • 1 litre of whole milk
  • 150ml double cream
  • 75g caster sugar
  • 100g pudding rice or paella rice
  • 40g unsalted butter
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
  • A pinch of salt
  • Peel of one lemon
  • Cinnamon powder for dusting

Here’s how to make this recipe.


Carolina Cakes (Prep Time: 15 min, Cook Time: 45 mins)

Carolina Cakes are typical to Bilbao and are perfect served with afternoon tea. Made up of an egg custard base with a meringue top , drizzled with chocolate, these cakes are mouth wateringly good. Oh, and they look pretty impressive too!


For the egg custards:

  • 200g ready-made puff pastry, rolled out thinly with a dusting of flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 125g flour
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 125g unsalted butter, melted
  • 500ml fresh whole milk
  • Peel of one whole lemon, no white rind
  • 1 stick of cinnamon
  • Cinnamon powder for dusting

For the Carolinas:

  • 6 custard tartlets
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 150g caster sugar
  • 3 tbsp icing sugar
  • 150g dark chocolate, 70% cocoa solids, finely chopped

Learn how to make this dessert here.


Leche Frita with Cinnamon Ice Cream (Prep Time: 20 min, Cook Time: 1 hr)

Leche frita, meaning fried milk, is a Spanish dessert typical of the North of Spain and is a dessert traditionally served during Easter. It is essentially squares of set custard which are fried like a doughnut and dusted with sugar… stopped salivating yet? This recipe is finished off with a delicious cinnamon ice-cream.


For the leche frita:

  • 500ml fresh whole milk
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 60g corn flour, plus extra to coat the fritters
  • 100g caster sugar, plus extra to coat the fritters
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 200ml of sunflower oil for frying, plus some extra to grease the mould
  • 2 eggs

For the cinnamon ice cream

  • 300ml fresh whole milk
  • 300ml double cream
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 piece of lemon peel, no white rind
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon powder
  • 250g caster sugar
  • 6 egg yolks

You can find out how to make this tasty dish here.

If this has got you hungry for more, browse our range of delicious Spanish Sweets here.

You can also check out our full range of authentic Spanish produce here.

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