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