i tried to get all fancy making my lunch today- i made a beet, shaved fennel, grapefruit and goat cheese salad. sounds lovely right? wrong. something about the bitter grapefruit, with the already bitter fennel, and the packaged beets…it just wasn’t right. luckily my office is three floors up from a cheese shop. besides all that delicious cheese, they just started making panini sandwiches. today i had their goulda sandwich on sourdough- quince paste, goulda, some sort of delicious italian meat…something with cumin…mmmok i’ll get back to you guys on the actual ingredients. it was just good.
while waiting for my sandwich, i spotted these cute little dessert tartlets in the case. i decided to give one a try. and ohmy ohmy. first of all. i’ve never had marzipan before. and second of all there was cheese wrapped in the marzipan. and third of all it was in a cute buttery tartlet and and and fourth of all there was GANACHE drizzled on top. like what the heck did i just eat? it was so good. it felt like the first time i had creme brulee growing up. cracking the sugary shell and taking that first bite. and then feeling like the world has stopped because you’ve just discovered something incredibly amazing. (yes, this happens to me often)
so then i went back to my office, scarfed down my delicious sandwich and researched marzipan. after looking at a handful of recipes, i realized this was something i could totally make.
so i did.
- 1 cup of almond meal
- 1 cup of powdered sugar
- 4 tbsp of simple syrup (boil 1 cup of water and stir in 1 1/2 cups of sugar, let cool)
- 1 capful of almond extract
- 1/4 cup of diced aged goulda cheese (the hard kind)
- 1 package of phyllo tartlets (these are in the freezer section)
- 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate
- to make the “marzipan”, combine almond meal, powdered sugar, simple syrup and almond extract in a bowl. it should come together like dough.
- wrap in plastic wrap and place in the freezer for about twenty minutes
- once cooled, remove from the freezer. now its time to put it together!
- take about a tablespoon of the marzipan and place a goulda cube in the middle. wrap the marzipan around it. it doesn’t have to cover the bottom.
- place marzipan ball in a tartlet
- continue to do this for all your tartlets
- once completed, set aside
- take your chocolate chips and place them in a microwave safe bowl
- in 30 second increments, microwave the chocolate chips. pull the chocolate chips out and stir each 30 second segment. it only took me two 30 second segments.
- once melted, take a spoon and drizzle the chocolate over the tartlets. no need to be precise!
- and there you have it. the most delicious dessert ever!
*oh and all you amazing pastry chefs out there. i know that’s not true “marzipan”. i figured you wouldn’t be able to detect the texture beneath the chocolate. please don’t hurt me. 😉