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?


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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