La Bandeja

Every Noche Buena, after everyone had had their fill of lechon and moros and yuca and casabe, my Mom or one of my Tias would be busy in the kitchen setting up “la bandeja.” The tray. The contents atop the tray were always highly coveted, especially by my grandmother who loved sweets and I dont remember a Noche Buena ever having gone by without “la bandeja de turrones.”


Which ones are your favorite?

10 thoughts on “La Bandeja”

  1. The top 2 without a doubt.

    I remember Christmas Eve night 1959 (5 yrs old) at my grandparents home in Cardenas. My family and my uncle’s family spent Noche Buena there (my cousin was 7). Grandpa got ‘Santa’ to pay a ‘surprise visit’ to us. Santa (in full costume)came down from the roof into our little inner yard/garden, and my cousin and I couldn’t believe our eyes. We knew then that there was definitely a Santa Claus.

    You know the rest of the story.

    My cousin wound up leaving just a few years later under Pedro Pan (he’s a Dr. here now), and I wound up leaving with my family inbetween the Bay of Pigs and the Missle Crisis.

  2. As a kid, alicante. Now, jijona. Interesting that our parents used to serve these with nuts and dates. All of these traditions coming from the Moorish conquest of Spain. Here we are hundreds of years later . . . enjoying the same desserts from them.

  3. I love the one with yema tostada and the one with chocolate and almonds mmmmmmm it’s just great

    BTW guys how do you say “turron” in English, I had a friend ask me and I was left blank.

  4. To qbanartemisa: I believe turron translates to “nougat.” At least, that is how I’ve seen it translated.

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