Friday, April 13, 2012

Recipe: Cocoa Plum Millet with Marzipan

Today I want to share a very special, mouthwatering recipe with you. You can cook it up in about 15 minutes, and the preparation time is minimal. In the last few years I've had several occasions to cook up a batch for guests, and every time I am overwhelmed with compliments on the taste and texture of this dish.

Since I learned to cook using imperial measurements, that's how I continue to write all my recipes down, regardless of their origin. Someone in Germany (forgot who!) taught me how to make this dish around 10 years ago. The version below is one I settled on after many trials and tweaks. You may need to change the amounts I give according to your ingredients and preferences.

Hausfrau's Cocoa Plum Millet with Marzipan

  • 1 cup millet
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/4 t salt (to taste)
  • 1/2 cup canned plums, chopped into pieces
  • 1/2 cup plum juice
  • 2 teaspoons real cocoa powder (or more, depending on type and preference)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon (I prefer the Vietnamese kind)
  • 1/3 cup marzipan, chopped into little cubes
  • apple sauce
  • cinnamon sugar

In a saucepan or small pot, add millet, water, and salt. Bring to a boil and cook on low heat for 10 minutes, being careful not to stir until the water starts to boil. When the water is mostly absorbed, add cocoa, cinnamon, plum juice and plum pieces. Stir gently.* Add marzipan bits. Stir gently again. Cover and let sit 5 minutes. Serve with applesauce and a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar.

*Stirring carefully ensures that the cooked millet does not disintegrate.

Makes 2 to 3 servings



  1. this looks really yummy, I have cooked up a savoury millet which the kids hated, I thought it was ok, but this looks just the ticket for the weekend.x x x

  2. Sieht leeecker aus! Ich mach Diät, hab aber schon eine schöne lange Liste von Sachen, die ich kochen will, sobald ich ein Bisschen entspannter sein kann!

    Dein Englisch ist wirklich schön - hast du mal da gelebt oder so?

    Liebe Grüsse,



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