For centuries the descendants of the Jews of Spain, now scattered all over the world still continue handcrafting marzipan (masapan) from freshly ground almonds with an orange blossom sugar syrup.
A variety of these prized “masapan“ especially appear at milestone celebrations. We offer dainty petit fours called in Ladino “pastel reale“ - mouthwatering marzipan filled with lemon fondant “sharope” and topped with a silver ball.
The crown of our prized confection are marzipan filled baked star- shaped pastries, similar to macaroons called “gizadas de masapan”.
It is with love and blessings that I have prepared these ancient sweet treats for my second granddaughter’s batmitzvah celebrations soon in New York. Once we again continue our cherished Rhodesli tastes and traditions to the next generation.