Happy Easter Monday! If you’re in Barcelona, and out about, check the windows of any pastry shop you come across, for they are likely to have Monas de Pascua on display. In case you’re not in town at the moment, here’s a couple of examples of Monas de Pascua as well as a selection of other Easter bits and bobs…
Monas de Pascua are typically consumed on Easter Sunday and Easter Monday and traditionally made up of a sponge cake and cream filling and chocolate or jam, covered with crème brûlée on the horizontal surface and almonds on the sides. Decorative elements such as colourful, fluffy feathers and all manner of chocolate confections are added on top to make the mona even more spectacular. At times, the mona is completely made of chocolate, and can take on any form, such as the smurf ship above. Thus, shop windows at the moment are crammed with all kinds of monas – in Ciutat Vella check out the pastry shop on Plaça de l’Àngel, although the one on Carrer Portaferrissa has a few monas also.
Not content with just the sweet confections of the mona de Pascua, shops are now also selling candy and toy versions of this traditional delicacy, as this shop does on Carrer del Pi (above).
The Easter egg is becoming more popular these days too, and is for sale in many shops, in the traditional chocolate version, painted hollow egg, but also tucked among feathers as a decoration for pots with cress (?) on La Rambla. The beautiful mosaic eggs below, I spotted in a touristy souvenir shop on Carrer Rec, and I have to say, they are my favourites, even though they are not true to the local custom of offering a mona de Pascua to one’s godchildren (or nieces and nephews) on Easter Sunday and Monday. If you’d like to try to make one, check out this recipe (not tried and tested, mind) which gives step-by-step instructions. Whatever you do today, have a great start to the week!