A treats for Christmas by loiteke

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In Italy, particularly in Palermo, marzipan is often shaped and painted with food colorings to resemble fruit — Frutta martorana — especially during the Christmas season and on Il Giorno dei Morti on November 2. May 9 and 10 are also special days for eating marzipan in Sicily. In Portugal, where the confection has been made by nuns since olden times, traditional marzipan fruit shaped sweets made in the Algarve region are called morgadinhos. There are other regions, as Toledo in Spain in which marzipan is shaped into simple animal shapes, and usually filled in with egg yolk (yema) and sugar.
Chocolate cake and marzipans
Ingredients (serves 8)

  • 200g butter, chopped
  • 250g dark chocolate, chopped
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 1 cup caster sugar
    Method: 1. Preheat oven to 160°C/140°C fan-forced. Grease a 6cm-deep, 22cm (base) round springform cake pan. Line base and side with baking paper.
    2. Place butter and chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water (make sure bowl doesn’t touch water). Stir over low heat until smooth.
    3. Using an electric mixer, beat egg yolks and 1/2 cup sugar for 5 minutes or until thick and creamy. Beat eggwhites in a separate bowl until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in remaining sugar until dissolved.
    4. Add chocolate mixture to egg yolk mixture. Mix to combine. Add one-quarter of the eggwhite mixture. Mix well. Fold in remaining eggwhite mixture. Pour into prepared pan. Bake for 50 minutes or until top is firm to touch and a skewer inserted into centre has moist crumbs clinging. Cool cake in pan. Serve.

Meeli Sonn is an freelance photographer based in Las Vegas, USA. Meeli specialises in producing high-quality images of our all kind natural world, capturing the beauty and mystery of nature, animals, birds, plants. It needs good eye. Meeli’s love of nature does not end with the landscape, as she aspires to photograph all things natural in his own unique way. Her big passion is macro world.

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  • Fran E.
    Fran E.over 6 years ago

    Ohhh we have these for the Escalade, they’re marzipan, right ?
    Beautiful colours

  • Thanks and treats for you too

    – loiteke

  • Richard Hamilton-Veal
    Richard Hamilt...over 6 years ago

    Look so yummy. x

  • Thanks and treats for you too.

    – loiteke

  • Richard Hamilton-Veal
    Richard Hamilt...over 6 years ago

    Im on my way to collect them in person, Meeli. :-)) xx

  • Good. You are welcomed.

    – loiteke

  • Lyn Evans
    Lyn Evansover 6 years ago

    These look lovely Meeli, beautiful colours too

  • – loiteke

  • Bea Godbee
    Bea Godbeeover 6 years ago

    Beautiful & OHHHHHH so yummy looking!—-Great shot & detail!—-Bea :D)

  • – loiteke

  • Oncemore
    Oncemoreover 6 years ago

    LOVE the Colors!

  • Treats for you also my lovely friend .

    – loiteke

  • Agnes McGuinness
    Agnes McGuinnessover 6 years ago

    Mmm. Very tasty looking. A lovely colourful photo. Agnes xx

  • Thanks

    – loiteke

  • Smudger
    Smudgerover 6 years ago

    wow so colourful

  • Are they tasty. Thanks for smacking them.

    – loiteke

  • Wayne Cook
    Wayne Cookover 6 years ago

    A very beautiful picture! Lovely color, detail and a feast for the senses!

  • Thanks that you feel this way. Then my goal is achieved

    – loiteke

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsabout 6 years ago

    this is lovely Meeli

  • Thanks Vickie

    – loiteke

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