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Amaretto Pie with Marzipan Crust and Edible Flowers


For years, I've been making salads with beautiful edible nasturtiums. Now, I'm branching out to include edible flowers garnishing desserts. It's fun to play around with these edible decorations. I ordered these from California. However, nasturtiums are easily grown in your backyard in a sunny area. The flower in center of the pie is an edible hibiscus. Other edible flowers that I intend to experiment with are pansies, marigolds and roses. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Just in time for Mothers' Day, this delectable pie will delight her. But probably not the best dessert for the kids, because of the alcohol content. Just a heads up. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
First time serving this dessert and it's practically gone. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Relatively easy to make. Everyone loves this recipe, that took a while to arrive at, until I got the right amount of each ingredient. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.


1 can of marzipan (bought from

1 1/2 cups Amaretto biscotti (crushed)

1 cup Amaretto liqueur

1/3 cup melted butter

1 envelope unflavored gelatin

2/3 cup sugar

3 eggs, separated

1 cup heavy cream

Edible hibiscus and nasturtiums, for garnish

Easy, simple ingredients. Even FreshDirect sells edible flowers. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.


  1. Keep edible flowers in the fridge until you're ready to serve the pie or just before your guests arrive.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  3. Oil your (about 9-inch) baking pie dish with unsalted butter. If you don't have a 9-inch pie pan, it's not the end of the world. Use what you have.
  4. In a food processor, add all the amaretto biscotti or cookies and all the marzipan. Use a spatula to get all of the marzipan out of the can. Then pulse, until you get a nice even batter.
Biscotti and marzipan in food processor about to get pulverized. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
    5. Use spatula to scrape all of the crust mixture out of the food processor and into the oiled pie dish. With your fingers, mold the crust mixture so that it covers the bottom of pie dish, as well as the sides.
Biscotti/marzipan mixture, formed by your fingers into the crust, moving the crumbs around to fit your pie dish. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Crust going into oven to bake for 10 minutes. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
  1. Now, bake for 10 minutes; then let the crust cool.
Out of the oven, looking like this. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
  1. Pour 1/2 cup cold water in a saucepan or double boiler, or glass bowl over pot with simmering water. Sprinkle the gelatin over the cold water. While stirring (I like a wooden spoon or spatula) add 1/3 cup sugar, and the 3 egg yolks. Keep stirring to blend. Place over low simmer and stir until the gelatin dissolves and the mixture thickens. Do not boil. You want to be sure, not to cook the eggs. Remove from heat.
Lowest heat you can get. Gelatin is softening in the water. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Added egg yolks so continue to keep flame low so the eggs don't cook. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Adding the sugar while stirring. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Getting ready to add the Amaretto. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
Look at how rich the mixture has gotten; plus, it smells good with the Amaretto added.©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
  1. Next, stir the Amaretto into the mixture. Then chill until the mixture starts to firm up slightly and not jiggle so much, 30 to 60 minutes in the fridge.
  2. When the Amaretto mixture is ready, in a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff, then add the remaining 1/3 cup sugar and beat this meringue until peaks are firm. Fold the meringue into the thickened Amaretto mixture.
Beat egg whites until they peak. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
  1. In another bowl, whip the cream, until you get peaks, then fold the whipped cream into the Amaretto mixture.
Cream whipped. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
  1. With a spatula, scrape the Amaretto cream custard mixture into the crust and chill overnight.
Delicious Amaretto custard pie filling has been poured over the crust. Now, overnight in the fridge. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
  1. Before guests arrive, arrange the edible flowers all over the pie in your own design.
Garnished with edible flowers, just before guests arrived. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.
To serve after dinner and/or with the Amaretto pie, we offered cognac or Baily's Irish Cream. Baily's was the favorite. ©Joyce Hays, Target Health Inc.

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