As christmas approaches , quite a few people wrote in asking for marzipan recipes and although I am not a big fan of it personally as I don’t do much cake decorating and it is a tad on the sweeter side for me , I do agree that this homemade version is not only a breeze to make but infinitely better tasting !
Marzipan is quite basically almond paste and icing sugar that is bound with some egg whites or whole egg. Once kneaded into a dough, it is quite malleable . It can be coloured , rolled and shaped. Marzipan can be used in most ways that fondant can. It is also used in cakes, cookies and pies. It is traditionally modelled into miniature fruits and veggies to top cakes. In particular , marzipan is used to drape traditional wedding cakes and European cakes like the Battenberg cake , the Princessatorta and the Simnel cake . And of course christmas fruit cakes !
It’s actually really simple to make and this version is from the Great British Bake Off. Because of the less amount of egg white to the dry ingredients , the marzipan is safe to consume . But if you prefer an egg free version, you can also try a equally easy one which uses water and lemon juice !
This easy homemade marzipan has a pure and strong almond flavour ! You can replace half the almonds with an equal weight of ground pistachios or walnuts. Don’t try reducing the sugar though.. sadly doesn’t work .
It is pretty amazing how three ingredients converts into this smooth pliable dough in a matter of minutes. So when u get your Christmas baking started , do give this a go .. or a knead ?
If you don’t feel like grinding your almonds, you can pick up some Almond flour here!