My mother in law got an amazing book almost 30 years ago. It was delivered to her by mistake and she kept her. When I came into her family, she knew how much I love to cook and generously passed this “cooking bible” to me. The title is: Dalmatinska kuharica (Dalmatian cookbook), by Dika Marjanović Radica. There are some great recipes in the book and I have just started to explore it. Unfortunately, for many recipes (especially for pastries), baking temperature and time are not defined, so it’s really a matter of experience. I decided to make something simple for the start, very rich and easy no bake almond and fig bites. My recipe is a bit modified. Hope you like it.


  • 200 gr dry figs
  • 110 gr almonds
  • 100 gr powdered sugar
  • Zest and juice from half orange
  • 30 gr dark chocolate
  • 2 tbsp Maraschino liquor (or Rum)

For coating:

  • Around 100 gr sugar
  • 2 pack Vanilla sugar (20 gr)

Bring water to boil and pour it over figs. Leave them to soak for 1 minute and rinse under the cold water. Dry them and mince.

Toast the almonds in the skillet and put aside.


Add powdered sugar to figs, juice and orange zest, grated chocolate, Maraschino and minced almonds. Combine everything with hands.

Put sugar and vanilla sugar in a clean plate. With moist hands make little balls and coat them with sugar.

Let the balls air dry but keep in mind they will stay a little soft.