Ears of Carnival, Galicia recipe

The Ears They are traditional sweets and very popular in the Carnivals of Galicia. As it happens in many points of the geography of Spain, each of the regions has its traditional pastry at this time, as it happens with other wonderful sweets, as for example it could be the case of casadielles or the popular ones Carnival pancakes.

The Orellas, as in Galicia they call these candies, they are crunchy sweets that are given a shape similar to the ears of pigs. And that's where his name comes from.

These sweets really like everyone, and especially the little ones in the house. They are very easy to make, they are prepared with a flour dough that is worked with eggs, butter, sugar, warm water, a pinch of salt, anise, the grated skin of a lemon, fry in plenty of hot oil and then They are sprinkled with luster sugar.

The ears as we have said before is perhaps one of the most popular sweets in Galicia, but so are the Filloas de leche, and the fried cañas rellenos.

Recipes of ears of Galicia


  • 250 grams of flour.
  • Egg.
  • 60 grams of sugar.
  • 50 grams of butter.
  • 100 ml. of warm water.
  • The grated skin of a small lemon.
  • 30 ml. of anise.
  • Olive oil or sunflower oil for frying.
  • A pinch of salt.
  • Sugar luster to sprinkle the ears.


  1. With a fine sieve or fine cloth sieve the flour.
  2. In a bowl beat the egg, once well beaten add the warm water, anise, butter, ointment, sugar, lemon zest, a pinch of salt, and with the help of the electric mixer beat the dough well.
  3. We can also do it by hand with a rod whisk. While we are stirring we are incorporating little by little the sifted flour and we beat until the mass is well linked.
  4. Cover the dough with film and let it sit covered for one hour. On the countertop or kitchen table we spread a little flour to spread the dough.
  5. We extend the dough by using a rolling pin. Once the dough is well extended, we take pieces of dough and shape them into triangles to give a similar shape to the pig's ears.
  6. We put the oil in a pan on the fire to warm it. When it is hot, we put the ears to fry them. We brown the ears on both sides, making sure they are not too golden.
  7. We are depositing the ears on absorbent paper or napkins that we previously put on a plate to release the oil.
  8. We put the ears in a clean fountain to cool. Once they are cold and we are going to take them to the table for your tasting, sprinkle sugar luster over the ears.

The ears can be tasted both in breakfast and dessert or snacks, they are appealing at any time.

Other desserts and traditional Carnival sweets that you can make during these holidays:

  • Carnival pancakes
  • Pumpkin pancakes
  • Casadielles de Asturias

Images of:

  • The Bohío de María: //elbohiodemaria.blogspot.com.es/2012/03/orejas-de-carnaval.html
  • Cookies for Matilde: //galletasparamatilde.com/2013/01/28/orejas-de-carnaval

OREJAS DE CARNAVAL - Lareiras.gal (July 2022)