Share This Page


“Paul did an excellent piece of work in translating my business’s website into German. The service was good value, had a speedy turnaround and at all times Paul’s translation was thoughtful and intelligent, suggesting improvements not only to the German version but also to the original English. Many thanks! I would definitely recommend Paul / A1 Language Services for any translation work.”
Catherine Potter, Joint Proprietor, Bambú Holiday Resort, Benamocarra (Málaga), December 2009

Mantecado – ¿Qué es? PDF
Donnerstag, den 16. Dezember 2010 um 00:00 Uhr

Can you bring a kilo of mantecado? said the pastor.

He was ringing me about what we should bring to the Christmas meal at Church on Saturday night. Thinking quickly: manteca is lard, perhaps it's cold meats, like chacinas or jamón serrano.

¿Qué es mantecado exactamente? I asked.

Es un tipo de dulce amasado con manteca que comemos los andaluces en la época de Navidad. – a typical Andalusian Christmas sweetmeat made with lard (so I was partly right … hmfff!)

So, what is mantecado exactly?

Similar to the polvorón, it is a type of Andalusian shortbread biscuit made of 50% wheat flour, 25% lard and 25% sugar. Not part of a calorie-controlled diet, then!

Mantecados come in all shapes, sizes and flavours, for example you can add lemon, cinnamon, almond or coconut.

Overall in Andalucía there are about 70 factories which form part of a syndicate that produces polvorones and mantecados and they’re on sale everywhere at this time of year.

Should have no trouble getting my kilo for the Church dinner, then.

Wonder what other culinary treats are in store for us on Saturday night?

© Paul Whitelock


For a longer article about mantecado and its origins and history, click here.

For a mantecado recipe, click here.


Tags: mantecado, Christmas meal, manteca, lard, Navidad, polvorón, mantecado recipe, Paul Whitelock,


Kommentar schreiben


Paul Whitelock

Paul WhitelockPaul hat einen Bachelor in Spanisch und Deutsch (BSc) von der Universität Salford in Manchester, England. Er hat auch ein Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PH-Training) und ein Diplom vom Institute of Linguists (MIL).