Pastillo de Alto Aragón

This time I bring You a traditional Northern Spanish recipe directly from Alto Aragón, perfect for the month of the pumpkin :), without eggs, butter or yeast. If you go to an Aragonian town in Spain and the air smells of anise, you can be sure you will eventually find some Pastillo – a thin, sweet pumpkin filled delicacy abundantly decorated with sugar and cinnamon, with a decadent anise flavor. Now even this alone is worth visiting Aragón for!

The original!

Nothern_Spain_Food_Trip_Part2  12

It might sound complicated but trust me, it is not. Grab your friend or husband, wife and make them slice the pumpkin – that is the most difficult part of the recipe 😉

My version below 🙂 The crust and the filling are a bit thicker – roll out your dough to a bigger oval and spread out the filling to get closer to the original version.

Pastillo_Aragones_FG  02

Ingredients for 1 big Pastillo

For the dough:
380g white flour
230g water
115g sugar
100g olive oil
1 tsp anise powder
rind of 1 orange

For the filling:
400g raw pumpkin, in thin slices
2 tbs sugar
1 tsp cinnamon powder

olive oil and sugar to sprinkle the pumpkin filling

Pastillo_Aragones  18

1. Pour the flour into a bowl and set apart. Boil the water, sugar, anise powder and orange rind for about 10 minutes. While it is boiling, with the help of a mandolin slicer or a sharp knife, peel and slice the pumpkin. Strain the boiling liquid directly onto your flour (careful, hot!) and mix it well. Once it has cooled a bit, knead until a smooth ball can be shaped. Cover and let rest for a couple of minutes.

Pastillo_Aragones  22

Pastillo_Aragones  23

Pastillo_Aragones  19

Pastillo_Aragones  20

Pastillo_Aragones  16

My boyfriend did a good job slicing the pumpkin, don’t you think? 😉

Pastillo_Aragones  17

Pastillo_Aragones  13

Pastillo_Aragones  14

Pastillo_Aragones  15

Pastillo_Aragones  12

Pastillo_Aragones  10

Pastillo_Aragones  11

2.  Roll out the dough into a very thin oval shape (thinner than mine :)), sprinkle with some sugar and cinnamon, and collocate the pumpkin slices to cover half of your dough (leave about 1-2cm on the sides free to be able to close the dough well) Sprinkle with olive oil, sugar and cinnamon on top.
3. Close your dough as a pocket and seal it well with your fingers. Brush the top of the pocket with olive oil and sprinkle a bit of sugar and cinnamon on top if you like. With the help of a fork punch a few holes in your dough.

Pastillo_Aragones  09

Pastillo_Aragones  08

Pastillo_Aragones  07

Pastillo_Aragones  06

Pastillo_Aragones  05

Pastillo_Aragones  04
4. Bake for about 25 minutes at 180°C/360°F, then turn up the heat to 220°C and bake for a few more minutes until your pastillo is of a nice golden brown color.
5. Once out of the oven, sprinkle with lots of sugar for the authentic Aragonian experience 🙂 (I skipped this part)

Pastillo_Aragones  01

Pastillo_Aragones  02

Pastillo_Aragones  03

11 Responses to “Pastillo de Alto Aragón”
  1. This looks so delicious! I usually make pumpkin desserts with pumpkin puree, but I like how this one uses slices of pumpkin. Will have to try this out sometime. Thanks for sharing!

    • Actually I have never met pumpkin puree here in Hungary before so that never even occurred to me, however I’m sure that would also work! The pumpkin slices become nice and soft while baking though 🙂

  2. Kammie says:

    oh my goodness, I want!

  3. I would definitely visit Aragon just for that. It looks so good!

  4. Ooooh does that look GOOD! I don’t think I’ve had anything like this. Pumpkin pie & pumpkin muffins but that’s about all in the pumpkin department.

    • For me up until Aragon it was baked pumpkin and baked pumpkin, my absolute favorite for Autumn!! Just cut it in big chunks and pop in the oven (once you have it again, hehe) and after about 30 minutes you have a super soft sweet delicacy!

Check out what others are saying...
  1. […] spiced pumpkin. We’ve made it yesterday at home Probably the best ever bake for fall – recipe here, go grab a pumpkin and some anise, and let’s get to […]

  2. […] oven but my Mr is not a fan, so had to come up with something else. And then I remembered the fancy pastillo, and thought: why not bake it into some kind of a cake? And then the almond-pumpkin-cinnamon-anise […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: