Breakfast is supposed to be your most important meal of the day and, on Mallorca, a pastry known as ‘ensaïmada’ has been the traditional breakfast pastry since the 17th century, although its origins are unknown.
The Arabic word for pork lard ‘saïm’ is at the root of the pastry’s name, and one theory is that Moorish turbans inspired their clockwise-coiled shape.
The ‘ensaïmada’ has even been awarded protected regional food status by the EU. The 20th century Catalan writer Josep Pla, described the ‘ensaïmada’ as “the lightest, airiest and most delicate thing in this country’s confectionery.”
Forn Fondo on Calle Unión in the heart of Palma has been a bakery since 1911. Pau Llull is the fourth generation baker to run it. Who better to make your Mallorcan breakfast than Sr. Llull?
If you would like to try an ‘ensaïmada’ look for local bakeries displaying the official registration plaque of the ‘Indicació Geogràfica Protegida Ensaïmada de Mallorca’ which provides strict quality guidelines for making authentic ensaïmada.
Calle Unión 15
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