Papassinos

The recipe for these delicious little squares comes from Sardinia according to Sharon Tyler Herbst, who calls them Sardinian raisin-almond squares. Papassinos, which I think is based in part on the italian word for raisin (uva passa), begin with golden raisins and candied orange peel that have been steeped overnight in a generous amount of marsala. Because I have been a little busy, and then lost a couple of days to a migraine, the steeping part lasted about three days. After creaming together butter, sugar and a little salt, I added in the well-marinated raisins and peel, and an egg, then flour and crushed, toasted almonds. The whole mix sat in the refrigerator overnight before I rolled it out in three portions, cut it into squares and baked them. Immediately after baking, when they were still hot on the cookie sheet, I brushed them with a mix of powdered sugar and orange juice. They are crisp, buttery and scrumptious!

Ms. Herbst says that a dry sherry can be substituted for the marsala, but when in Sardinia… No, wait. Marsala hails from a whole other big Mediterranean island: Sicily. Well, never mind. Still, I prefer dry marsala to dry sherry. More fun to cook with! Chicken marsala anyone?

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About pattiblaine

Raised under the name of Snyder in the upstate NY town of Vestal, I've worked as a typesetter, a fast food salad bar tender, an art reviewer, a waitress, a part-time nanny, and a very-bad-with-phones temp. Once upon a time I was all-but-thesis toward a Masters in Art History. Now I'm just a mom with a lot of fiber squirreled away throughout the house. We call it insulation. In 2013 I completed a life-long learning program at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, and am a postulant toward the diaconate in the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester, NY. In addition to coordinating volunteers for the soup kitchen, I volunteer as a tutor at a deeply impoverished city elementary school, and am a docent at the Memorial Art Gallery.
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