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Thursday, July 9, 2009

Sweet Beat: A Rum-Filled, Chocolate-Dipped Mystery in the Mission

Posted By on Thu, Jul 9, 2009 at 1:18 PM

click to enlarge Fedoretti: murky origins. - JANINE KAHN
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  • Fedoretti: murky origins.
Several goodies from Dianda's Italian-American Pastry (2883 Mission at 24th St.) exert a siren call on us, none more irresistible than fedoretti, thin marzipan cookies heaped with rum-flavored chocolate mousse and glazed with chocolate. We've never seen a fedoretti in Italy or elsewhere. Web searches don't turn up a recipe or even the name, and the bakery's employees are uncertain of its history. (A similar confection, the Sarah Bernhardt -- purportedly invented by some Austrian during WWI in honor of the French actress -- doesn't feature rum in the chocolate filling.) We never leave Dianda's without one (or two, or three, or more) in our white bakery box tied up with string. Definitely one of our favorite things -- even if we'll never know its origins.

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