One of my absolute favorite memories, as a little kid growing up in Europe,
was the Marzipan I would get at Christmas!
It came in the shapes of little red apples, yellow bananas, green pears, etc..
It made my heart smile.
Imagine my excitement, when I discovered the recipe,
in my newest raw-food dessert book!! (I did the happy-dance!)
Here are the ingredients the recipe calls for.
What is in the blurry bottle, you ask? I'll never tell. :)
(It was something I needed for a sauce I was going to make and accidentally
stuck it up there with everything else. Duh!)
I put the shredded coconut into my very cool BlendTec blender -
and blended it until it was a powder. (All of two seconds.)
I placed the remaining ingredients (minus the mystery-bottle stuff)
into the blender and let it blend until they were smooth.
Then I transferred it to the food-processor.
I let it do its thing, until the mixture began to stick together.
It was a bit moist, so I placed it on a paper towel and let it soak-up some of the moisture.
(I took a little nibble... ok... a big nibble. Mmmmmmm!!)
I rolled it into two logs.
And sliced them into little pieces.
I made a tiny apple, banana and pear - for the kid in me. :)
I rolled the remainder into little balls.
Then coated some in shredded coconut.
I wondered how it would taste, rolled in raw cacao.
(Can't go wrong with chocolate, right?!)
I put the Marzipan balls in the little plastic bag -
And gave them a little shake, rattle & roll.
And here they are.
I liked the ones dipped in the coconut.
I really liked the ones rolled in cacao.
But my favorites were the original ones, without any coating at all.
I suppose it's because those are the ones that hold the kid-memories for me.
This is my newest, favorite raw-dessert book! (With the Marzipan recipe.)
It's by the fabulous raw-food chef, Matthew Kenney.
He has several raw-food books, which are sooo good!!
This will take you to his website with a ton of recipes!
(By the way, Matthew puts a raspberry center in his Marzipan!!)
I hope that whatever desserts you decide to make,
they'll turn out better than anything you've ever made before!
(And if not, there's always someone whose taste-buds are shot.)
I wish you and your loved-ones a wonderful, happy and healthy Holiday Season!
May all your dreams come true!!!!