|Margarita's International Recipes|
Ensaimadas are the Baleares pastries par excellence, so, and even though I'm not in the least close to being a baker, I had to make them. It was a bold move, I didn't have the necessary ingredients nor the skills to substitute them. But I had the determination.
The results were mixed. What I created probably did not taste or look at all like an ensaimada and was pretty bland for my taste, but it was still somewhat enjoyable, and I did end up eating it all (over a few days). I wasn't sure whether to write my recipe here or just translate the recipe as it should be made - so I'm doing a mix of both - in case you want to try it with American ingredients. Perhaps you'll be luckier than I.
Ensaimadas can be made plain or with sweet fillings, alas, I wasn't able to figure out /how/ you would fill them (the pastry is not easy to work with), so I made them plain.
Adapted from a recipe, at rectas.com