Foodies Corner: time for dessert – Bienmesabe

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Bienmesabe is quite possibly the «most famous» dessert in Canarian cuisine, this is a must for those that have a really sweet tooth! You will find it on the menu in most Canarian/Spanish bars and restaurants on the island.


Serves: up to 6 people
Cooking time: approx 15 minutes


500g ground almonds
750g sugar
1/2 litre of water
grated rind of 1 lemon (optional)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
8 egg yolks

  1. Boil the water and sugar until the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Add the ground almonds, lemon zest and cinnamon.
  3. Stir continuously over the heat until the mixture has thickened then remove from the heat.
  4. Beat the egg yolks and gradually add to the mixture, stirring all the time.
  5. Return to the hob and gently heat the mixture again, stirring all the time.
  6. As soon as the mixture comes to the boil, remove from the heat and pour into a glass bowl or individual serving bowls.
Serving suggestion

Serve with vanilla ice-cream as a nice accompaniment to this very sweet dessert.

Have you tried our recipe, or tried a variation? Let us know how it turned out!

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