Tunisian Almond Balls

Ingredients

2 1/2 cups ground almonds
1 sachet vanilla sugar (in cheesecloth)
4 teaspoons rosewater
1/2 teaspoon green food coloring
1/2 teaspoon pink food coloring
Superfine sugar, for rolling
Pine nuts, optional

Preparation

1
Prepare the paste by sieving the ground almonds.
2
Make the syrup by cooking the superfine sugar and the vanilla sugar in 7 tablespoons of water for 10 minutes. Stir in the rosewater. Pour the syrup into the ground almonds and blend with a spatula.
3
Using your fingers, knead the paste (marzipan) on a clean, dry work surface.
4
Split the marzipan into 3 equal portions. Add the green coloring to one part and knead the color through. Color the second part with pink coloring the same way. Leave the third portion uncolored.
5
Roll each colored batch onto a work surface to thin it out. Make 3 sausage-shapes, measuring 3/4-inch in diameter. Create a tri-colored braid from the parts.
6
Cut the braid into approximately 1-oz pieces. Roll them between the palms of your hands to form consisten, smooth balls. Coat each ball with superfine sugar to finish. Serve in a pile on a serving plate decorated with pine nuts, if using.

 



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In Tunisia, these delightful treats are mainly served on important feast days, at engagements, marriages or other important events. This is a delicious little treat that my family loves! (Will upload a photo tomorrow.)

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October 18, 2010

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