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Sweet Spain


What is your favorite sweet thing to eat? Bread pudding? Chocolate chip oatmeal cookies? A smooth and creamy piece of cheesecake? Tell us all about the anticipation and delight of eating your favorite dessert. Not into sweets? Tell us all about your weakness for that certain salty snack.


My friend Teresa came today to dinner with a Typical cake from Castilla, Spain called Ponche Segoviano or Segovia Punch, she had baked. Delicious. Basically made with egg yolks, sugar and almonds. It consists in a thin sponge cake covered by a coat of a delicious marzipan cream. I found in the Internet a recipe in English for those interested.

What I don’t understand is why it’s called “punch”, because obviously it’s not a drink and in Spanish the word “ponche” has no other meaning. Among the ingredients of the cake there is not even a drop of an alcoholic drink. Mysteries of old traditions.

Anyway, we had a delicious dessert and a great time together with our friends, which is the main thing.

Pour Some Sugar on Me

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Journalist. In my fifties. I've worked for 26 years in a newspaper in Spain. I worked for two years as a stringer and correspondent in the US, and went as a special envoy to other places like the Balkans. Sea lover. Avid reader. Classic Music enthusiast.

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  1. Thanks for sharing your recipe in English. The sponge sounds like heaven to a girl with a sweet tooth! Makes me wish I had time to spend the afternoon cooking and eating 🙂


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