I would guess that almost every Jewish family has "the best" mandelbrot recipe that has been passed down through the generations. In our family, it is my Aunt Roberta who has blessed every Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Passover, Thanksgiving, any-time table with her scrummy dark chocolate & walnut variety. It is the dessert that we all count on to complete the meal, and the one that she is certainly famous for in Short Hills, NJ!
When I moved to Atlanta 15 years ago - away from family - this mandel bread recipe became my gift to our new friends in the South. I make it for every occasion and holiday, and because no one has met (or tasted) Aunt Roberta's bakes, they don't know any better. :)
Inspired by friends and fellow, local-Atlanta Jewish bakers who have been playing, creating, and having fun with baking, I decided to try it with mandel bread. For over a year, I have experimented with AR's original recipe, introduced new flavors, ingredients, and textures, and... well, basically given myself permission to re-watch an obsessive amount of The Great British Bake Off for further inspiration.
I enjoy my #mandelmoments in Intown Atlanta with my husband and 2 kiddos, and look forward to sharing MANDEL with you!