candy

Happy Halloween y Día de Los Muertos!

Sweet hand-made treats of pepita marzipan and coconut candy from the local mercado. Wishing you all a fantastically fun Halloween and beautiful Día de Los Muertos.

Black Leather


Just came up with this super-tasty mineral-rich fun-to-eat hot-looking confection ~

Recipe: Black Leather

(...fun to have some of this on hand at a halloween party... evil black baby snakes?)

goat suckers

sweet goat suckersucculent suckers - goat milk caramel from Mexico

Goat milk caramel lollipops from Mexico. These are awesome. They only have 4 ingredients: goat milk, sugar, corn syrup, and salt.

Healthy Mexican Treats

Honey Candy
Sweet hard honey candies with sesame seeds: mmm

Check out these fine treats I scored from a little grocery store in Puerto Morellos, Mexico.

Panforte

Panforte cross-section
a chocolate version of the famous Italian fruitcake: Panforte

Yes - it's the holiday season. I've been busy making super-rich frighteningly tasty treats including my own version of the amazing sweet/spicy/chewy/bitter/nutty Italian cake/confection panforte (aka Sienna cake).

Some inspiring recipes for panforte:

I've read slightly different historical accounts of panforte - here's the Wikipedia's most recent write-up:

"Panforte is a traditional Italian dessert containing fruits and nuts, and resembling fruitcake or Lebkuchen. It may date back to 13th century Siena, in Italy's Tuscany region. Documents from 1205 show that Panforte was paid to the monks and nuns of a local monastery as a tax or tithe which was due on the seventh of February that year. Literally, Panforte means "strong bread" which refers to the spicy flavour. The original name of Panforte was "panpepato" (pepper bread), due to the strong pepper used in the cake. There are references to the Crusaders carrying Panforte, a durable confection, with them on their quests."

Currently there are many shops in Italy producing Panforte, each recipe being their jealously guarded interpretation of the original confection and packaged in distinctive wrapping. Usually a small wedge is served with coffee or a dessert wine after a meal, though some enjoy it with their coffee at breakfast."

(more history here)

ps - panforte is really really sweet so consume in moderation ;-)

Dia de Muertos

Pile of candy
Day of the Dead.