A friend came back from a trip to Berlin recently and told me he got these “German almond things that are dipped in chocolate” from a bakery over there and that they are “probably the nicest thing” he had ever eaten.
I immediately knew what he was talking about but it was ages ago that I had one of these almond things in the shape of a half moon. I remembered they were made out of almonds (yeah, okay, that is obvious :)) and marzipan.
Anyway, I told my parents to look out for them but it wasn’t easy to find them – then a couple of months later my mum proudly presented us “Mandelhörnchen” that she got from a market in Bavaria. She also bought some for our friend to take back to England – but (for some weird reason ;)) they never made it home and were eaten before.
Luckily then our friend had his birthday a couple of weeks later and I finally had a chance to bake them. Dan said it was the best thing I had ever baked – so I can’t wait to share the recipe with you below.
For around 10 small “Mandelhörnchen” (almond half moons) you will need:
– 200g Marzipan
– 100g icing sugar
– 100g ground almonds
– a few drops of lemon juice
– 2 small (!) egg whites
– 100g plated almonds
– 100g dark chocolate, melted
Make a dough out of marzipan, icing sugar, ground almonds, lemon juice and one of the egg whites. Make sure that the egg is small or take a little bit less, so that the dough doesn’t get too soggy. (Should the dough still be too soggy, add a few more almonds.)
Form half moons out of the dough, coat with the other egg white and roll in the plated egg whites. Bake for around 10-15 minutes at 175 degrees until the almonds are light brown. The half moons still have to be quite soft when you take them out.
Let the little half moons cool for a bit and then dip in the melted chocolate.
Don’t make the mistake and try the half moons right after taking them out of the oven – the marzipan is soooo hot. Believe me, I speak from experience.
Before giving them away I put them in a see through bag and wrapped them nicely.
They went down a treat and I had to make sure that the Birthday boy got some before Dan ate them all himself :).