The ensaimada de Mallorca or ensaimada mallorquina is an artisan product that comes from the Balearic Islands‘ great baking and pastry tradition. So much so that it is internationally renowned. It is common to see travellers carrying these small delicacies as a souvenir at the island’s airport.
Characteristics and ingredients:
Ensaimada comes from the Mallorcan ensaïmada, and from the Arabic saim, which means lard. It is one of the main ingredients of the sweet as well as flour, water, sugar, sourdough and eggs.
The characteristic shape of the ensaimada is a spiral of two or more turns in a clockwise direction. It has a golden coating resulting from baking with a firm, crisp and brittle texture.
When we cut a portion to taste it, we can appreciate its multi-layered flaky appearance inside. It was described by Josep Pla as “the lightest, most aerial and delicate thing in the baking of this country”. It is mainly sweet and has the aroma of baked dough, which is light when tasted.
Within the traditional ensaimadas we can find multiple variations as far as fillings are concerned. However, there are two that have the mention of Protected Geographical Indication.
On the one hand, Ensaimada de Mallorca with no filling at all and on the other hand Ensaimada de Mallorca with cabell d’àngel. Both are usually sprinkled with icing sugar.