Catalan gastronomy has a very curious custom which based on the fact that each popular festivity has a dessert, a dish or an associated aperitif. Thus, each year the same candies, dishes or appetizers are replicated as if they were a written norm.
If we have something to emphasize about Barcelona, it is its ingrained gastronomic customs. Recently we told you that on March 19, father’s day, it was typical to eat the traditional Catalan cream. Now that the day of Sant Jordi is approaching, as it could not be otherwise, for this well-known day there is also a typical dish, specifically, the bread of Sant Jordi.
The legend of Sant Jordi
Every April 23, Barcelona dresses up to celebrate the great day of literature and culture. According to the legend, Sant Jordi was a knight who saved the beautiful Tarraconan town of Montblanc from a terrible dragon.
The inhabitants of this locality lived frightened by the dragon that only with its breath could poison air and provoke death. After much suffering, the whole town decided to calm their voracious appetite by offering a person chose randomly for the dragon to devour.
After a while, this bad luck fell onto the princess and when she went to the dragon to be devoured a noble knight in golden armor and white horse, called Sant Jordi, saved her from this terrible death.
It was in this hand-to-hand fight that the knight pierced his spear in the heart of the beast causing immediate death. From the blood of the dragon’s heart came a beautiful rose and as a sign of the deep love he felt for the princess, Sant Jordi gave her the rose.
Traditional bread of Sant Jordi
It is a deeply rooted tradition, created by a baker from Barcelona, who has only 30 years of experience. It is very characteristic, beyond its flavor, since it reproduces the Catalan flag, the senyera.
This bread can have different versions, some more fastened and others more consistent, that remember the traditional bread. Thanks to the mixture of sobrasada and cheese, the bakers get those red and yellow colors that represent the senyera.
On the day of Sant Jordi, in addition to buying the book and the rose, do not forget to try this delicious bread. And if you still have not booked the romantic restaurant Barcelona in which to spend a magnificent evening … we wait for you in El Principal del Eixample!