martorana

Perhaps the oldest and most famous preparation made with this paste is the Martorana Fruit, which was officially born in Palermo, in the convent attached to the church erected in 1143 by George of Antioch , senior officer of the king. The nuns used to make small cakes with marzipan for the day of All Saints, which reproduced every kind fruits with bright colors , achieved thanks to the Arabic gum which was used to fix the vegetable dyes derived from rose , saffron, pistachio etc. . The paste was also called ” royal paste” as worthy of a king, in this case the Norman king Roger II of Sicily. Read more…

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