Guest post with very special Blogger and her CHOCOLATE COVERED MARZIPAN RUM BALLS
It is first Tuesday of the month, and I didn't give up on my promised guest post for the second time ever!
I have today for you special guest on my blog, Manuela from Manu Menu.
I was so happy when she accepted to be here and present her awesome traditional recipe for us. I fell in love with her blog as soon as I visited for the first time in February.
Manuela rise up Like a shining star as she is just in a blogging world from January of this year. You probably know her from your comments as she always leave kind and cheerful compliments to all. Manu's recipe are mouthwatering and pictures are so good that you would just want to take it off the screen!
Without further adieu I present you Manuela @Manu's Menu
Here are some questions that I asked our guest, you might connect even more with her:
1. Tell us little bit about yourself and your family?
I was born and brought up in Italy is a by Scilian parents.
relatively small country but each area has different traditions and
amazing food, some of which is so specific to the area that you cannot
find it anywhere else. I was lucky as I grew up in the Northern part of
Italy but had a “Southern” family background... this gave me a broader
exposure to yummy food and regional specialties. Now that I live in with my husband and 2 little girls I have opened up to a new world of flavours, especially Asian food
that is so easily available here. Besides, my husband is of Indian origin... so Indian food is a must at our place.
2. What was the reason you started blogging about food?
I have always loved cooking. Many of my recipes have been passed down
from generations in my family, but I had only a few of them written down.
The rest was all in my (and my mother’s) head. Now that I live in a new
country and I have 2 daughters I felt the necessity to write down what I
know... for my kids in the first place, but also to share my knowledge
with whoever is interested in “authentic Italian cooking”, which is
usually so different to what you find at “Italian Restaurants” around the
3. What is your favorite meal/dish that you ever tasted?
This is a tough one! I eat almost anything... but I do have a few
favourites. I’d say Pizzoccheri is probably my all time favourite. It is
a dish made with buckwheat tagliatelle cooked with vegetables and served
with a sage, garlic and butter sauce and covered in bitto cheese (similar
to fontal in texture) and parmigiano reggiano. It is not a good dish to
have if you are on a diet... but it is divine and it comes from an area
called , in the Italian Alps, not too far from Milan.
4. What place in the world you would love to visit next?
I love travelling! I’d love to visit the whole world! But if I had to
choose only one place I’d surely say Patagonia and in
Southern Argentina and Chile! But I need to wait for the girls to grow up
so that we can all enjoy the beautiful hikes and sights of the area.
5. Name 5 things that you cannot live without?
My family (even though it is not technically a “thing” ;-P), my computer,
my food processor, coffee and obviously food!
And now back to the recipe... I hope you all enjoy these marizpan sweets as much as I do! :-)
Adapted from Maria Grammatico’s recipe of Dolcetti al liquore – from the book “Bitter Almonds: Recollections and Recipes of a Sicilian Girlhood” by Mary Taylor Simeti
Ingredients (makes 25):500 gms almond meal
500 gms icing sugar
1/2 glass of water to add little by little (you may need less)
A few drops of almond essence or bitter almond essence (optional)
1 cup of rum
60 gms raisins
150 gms dark chocolate
- Put the raisins in warm water for a few minutes. When soft remove them from the water and pat them dry. Put them in a glass jar and cover them with the rum. Let them soak for 24 hours.
- The following day, put the almond meal and icing sugar in a big bowl. Mix them well and add the almond essence (optional) and the water slowly while kneading with your hands. When you get a smooth and pliable dough, your marzipan is ready.
- Roll the marzipan into a 1 cm thick sheet. You can do this on baking paper to prevent it from sticking to the bench top.
- Cut some circles with a diameter of approximately 4 cm. Put 3 raisins on half of the circles and cover them with the remaining circles. Press the sides well to make sure they do not come apart and then roll them with your hands into roundish shapes. Keep aside.
- In the meantime, melt the dark chocolate and dip the top part of the marzipan sweets in it. Let the chocolate dry. They are now ready to serve! They are perfect with a cup of coffee or your favourite tea.
Thank You so much again Sandra!
Don't you just love this recipe, and her answers....When I opened up email with Manu's photos I was literally drooling!!!! I am so happy that I had opportunity to feature Manu on my blog as she is busy with her family, website and everyday life!
There is more ways to connect with her besides website Manu's Menu!
Please take your time and check Manu's blog for step by step instructions how to make these beauties!
Thank you Manuela again for accepting!!!!