Cane honey soups: La Palma recipe for Carnival

The Honey soups They are traditional sweets from the Island of La Palma and prepare to taste them during the Carnival Festivities. It is a very old recipe of the Palmera Island, simple to make, it is very rich and like all the traditional recipes it has been transmitted from generation to generation.

The Honey soups They are prepared with hard bread, formerly they prepared these sweets at other times of the year to take advantage of the hard bread that was left, the soups are made with cane honey, with another variety of honey they are not the same.

The Canarian pastry shop of Carnaval is very rich and varied, in all the Canary Islands the Carnival is lived and enjoyed with great intensity.

How to prepare Reed Honey Soups


  • 3 hard loaves, (at least 4 days old) cut into slices.
  • Honey of cane, 920 grams.
  • 100 ml. of water.
  • A cinnamon stick
  • A teaspoon of ground cinnamon.
  • One teaspoon of anise grains, (matalahúga).
  • The grated skin of a lemon.
  • 150 grams of toasted or fried almonds.


  1. We cut the bread into rather thick slices and set it aside.
  2. In a cauldron with wide bottom we put the honey, the water and stir to integrate well.
  3. Add to the honey the lemon zest, the anise grains, the cinnamon stick, the ground cinnamon, half the toasted almonds, stir and cook the honey with moderate heat.
  4. We cook until it starts to boil.
  5. When it starts to boil, reduce the heat, remove the cinnamon stick and put the slices of bread inside the honey one by one so they can bathe in the honey.
  6. We turn the slices on both sides, being careful not to tear them apart.
  7. We are taking out the slices of bread with the help of a slotted spoon so that the honey dries well and placing them on a tray or plate to take them to the table.
  8. We serve the Honey soups with the rest of toasted almonds on top.

How to eat the Honey Soup?

The Honey soups You can taste it at any time of the day when you want a sweet snack, also as a dessert or for a snack. The truth is that they are ideal at any time, although it is true that the ideal is to consume them as a dessert or as a snack, without any doubt.

The tradition in the Island of La Palma, for example, is to offer these sweets to the mascaritas that are visiting relatives, friends or neighbors. An island that, by the way, has a great carnival tradition. An example is the celebration of Los Indianos, which is celebrated on this island since 1920, when a group of friends gathered to enjoy this festivity.

It is, almost without any doubt, a traditional recipe so popular that reminds a lot of childhood, for being a carnival dessert that is made in La Palma since many years ago, in the same way as other typical sweets.

We hope that you will be encouraged to prepare the Honey soups and that they like.

From NatureVia, Happy Carnival to all!

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Brazil (May 2024)