Orelletes, One of the Finest Ibizan Desserts

Whether you’re a die-hard sweet lover or not, you simply can’t miss out on orelletes, one of the most sought-after desserts in Ibizan cuisine. These are fried pastries shaped like ears that, with their aniseed and lemon flavour and spongy texture, will offer you unique sensations. Here is everything you need to know about these delicious sweets.

A Delight for the Palate

If you’re yet unfamiliar with Ibiza’s orelletes, you only need to ask anyone who has tasted them to realise that it’s one of the best and most requested desserts on the island. They are part of Ibizan tradition, and their recipe has been passed down from generation to generation.

These sugar-dusted fried pastries have a typical shape that resembles an ear, although it’s worth noting that, depending on the locality where they are made, their shape may vary slightly. Thus, while in Santa Eulalia, for example, the orelletes do not feature any decorative elements; in San Jordi, they have a more rounded shape and include distinctive decorative bows.

In the past, this dessert was made to surprise guests at popular festivals and family celebrations, such as weddings. In these instances, it was customary to gift them to guests at the end of the feast as a token of appreciation.

Fortunately, nowadays, you can try this dessert made of flour, eggs, sugar, anise, and lemon in many restaurants and bakeries in Ibiza, whenever you fancy.

Where to Buy the Best Orelletes in Ibiza

If you are on holiday in Ibiza, you cannot leave without having tried the orelletes. You can purchase them in many of the bakeries in Ibiza and enjoy them at any time of the year, whether as breakfast or a snack.

One of the traditional bakeries in Ibiza that best preserves the orellete recipe is Forn des Tabaquet, in Ibiza city. This bakery has been operating since 1972 and today is considered one of the best on the island. Its success lies in its traditional family recipes, which have managed to convey all the flavour of quality homemade cooking.

Other traditional bakeries where you can buy the typical orelletes include Forn Can Coves, with more than 30 years of tradition; the La Canela bakery; Forn Can Bufi, with stores spread throughout the island; or the Can Vadell bakery, where you can also try the well-known Ibizan madeleines.

Recipe for Delicious Orelletes

These pastries are made with a dough based on flour, sugar, eggs, olive oil, and salt, which is kneaded until it becomes fine and smooth. If you want to learn how to prepare your own orelletes, here is a recipe!

  • 1 kg of flour
  • 300 g of sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 small cup of oil
  • 1 small cup of anise
  • 1 packet of yeast


Firstly, beat the eggs and then add the flour until a uniform dough is obtained. Next, add the rest of the ingredients (sugar, oil, anise…) and mix.
Once the desired texture is achieved, cover the dough with cling film and let it rest for approximately 45 minutes.

Now, all that remains is to shape the orelletes, fry them, sprinkle them with sugar, and, once they’re cool, enjoy. Bon appétit!

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