Mantecados de Estepa

The crumbly Christmas cookies collectively known as mantecados, which you will see in the months leading up to Christmas, individually wrapped and sold either by weight, or in a box, are made in a town located in the eastern part in Seville province, Estepa.


Plain Cake. Mix all ingredients together and pour into a previously oiled cake pan (crown shape works well). Bake at 180 degrees Centigrade or until golden brown. Serve plain or with fresh fruit or ice cream. This is a favourite with all ages.

Manzanas Asadas

Wash and dry the apples. Using a small sharp knife, cut out the tough inner core and the stem, but try not to pierce all the way through to the bottom. Fill the cavity in each apple with a bit of butter and sugar, place in a shallow baking dish and bake for approximately 30 to 45 minutes, or until tender.

Quince Jelly

Wash the quinces and dry thoroughly with a cloth. Cut into chunks, removing the seeds and centre core, and place in a pot with just enough water to cover. Bring to a boil and then cook on medium heat, uncovered, until the fruit is quite tender.


Mix the egg, 4 tbsp olive oil, milk, anisette, sugar, and baking powder. Measure out the flour and add most of it, stirring well. Add just enough flour to form a dough that is not sticky. Finish mixing with your hands, and then shape the dough with your hands into round strips about 10 to 15 cm long; form each strip into a circle by sealing the tips with a bit of water.