Mallorca’s Specialty Ensaimadas

Dating back to the 17th century, ensaimadas are a part of Mallorcan history that is kept alive today.

Ensaimadas are a coiled sweet bread made from flour, water, sugar, eggs, starter dough and pork lard. Yes, pork lard instead of butter.

After hours and hours of several risings, the dough is baked and sprinkled with powdered sugar. There are variations of flavors from plain to filled with cream, cabello de angel (threads of sweetened pumpkin), or even almond nougat.


An all-day treat in Palm

The sweet bread is eaten for breakfast, merienda (afternoon snack after the long siesta), and dessert. Basically, you can eat it at any and all times.

There are famous ensaimada shops and many more neighborhood pastelerias to stumble upon as you walk through Palma.


Fun fact: Ensaimadas were introduced to the Philippines (known there as ensaymadas) by Mallorcan soldiers centuries ago who longed for their region’s specialty. It has adapted into a buttery bun topped with white sugar and grated cheese.


Ca’n Joan de S’aigo opened in 1700 and it is the oldest ice parlor in Palma. The milk bar serves ice creams, horchatas made from Mallorcan almonds, hot chocolates, and sweets varying from ensaimadas to almond cakes
Merienda break for locals, tourists, and the sweet tooth
Endless amazing sweets.
Sampling the specialties.  Horchatas, hot chocolate, and ensaimadas
The tastiest of the ensaimadas
Fluffy, light, and melts in your mouth – thanks to the lard
Ensaimada topped with custard
Almond cake, with the right amount of density and chewiness
Forn d’es Reco is an unassuming pasteleria with plenty of sweet and savory pastries and breads.
The generations old shop creates a unique tasting ensaimadas flavored with local almonds.
The better known Forn Fondo has been well written about and recommended.
Of the three ensaimadas, this one had the subtlest flavor but it was equally light and fluffy.


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Ca’n Joan de S’aigo
Carrer Can Sanç 10
Palma, Illes Balears, Spain
Hours 08:00 – 21:00

Forn d’es Reco
C/ Bonaire 4
Palma, Illes Balears, Spain
Hours 08:00 – 21:00

Forn Fondo
Carrer de la Unió 15
Palma, Illes Balears, Spain
Hours 08:00 – 20:30


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