Paparajotes Recipe

The recipe for paparajotes (a dessert made with lemon leaves and coated in dough) is an excellent dessert from Murcia.  This is not surprising, since they are the largest producer of lemons and the main ingredient for this dessert comes from the lemon tree: its leaf. This recipe is one of the dishes that has been chosen for the “Patrimonio Inmaterial de la Humanidad,” aka the ” Lists of Intangible Cultural Heritage” which aims to ensure better protection of important intangible cultural heritages worldwide. How easy it is to make, the low prices of its ingredients, and the simplicity when it comes to finding them, make it a perfect dessert for any occasion.  First of all, it should be clear that the lemon leaf, although it is part of the ingredients, should not be eaten, as it is used only to decorate and season the dough. Another warning: Once you’ve tried them you won’t want to stop eating them… shall we begin?

Ingredients for the Paparajotes Recipe:

  • 500 grams of flour
  • 100 grams of sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 liter of milk
  • Yeast (1/2 packet)
  • Olive oil
  • Sugar icing and cinnamon powder to sprinkle
  • A pinch of salt
  • Lemon leaves

How to Make It:

  1. In a bowl, beat the eggs, milk, sugar, the yeast, and grated lemon. Season it.
  2. When it is well mixed, we will gradually add the flour to get a dough that is not super thick, but consistent enough to adhere to the leaves.
  3. Wash the leaves and dry them with a cloth. Immerse the lemon leaves in the dough until they are completely battered on both sides.
  4. In a frying pan, we add the oil. When it is hot, place each leaf with dough into the pan. To make sure both sides are browned, we will turn it over carefully or add a large amount of oil.
  5. When it is browned, take it out of the pan and place it on absorbent paper to remove excess oil.
  6. Finally, sprinkle a mixture of sugar icing and cinnamon powder on both sides.
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