Make your own Marzipan
Day 8 of my Christmas countdown, as promised yesterday in my Late Christmas Cake recipe today’s recipe is for home made Marzipan.
Although I personally do not favour a traditional Christmas Cake, preferring something lighter & less sugary, I know, for a lot of people, Christmas would not be complete without one. The cake in yesterdays recipe is a variation on the good old traditional theme. Today’s marzipan recipe is prepared using fresh natural ingredients & also makes you aware of the additives & preservatives used in most store bought Marzipan or Almond paste, as it is also known.
Do you head to the super market & grab a pack of ready -made Marzipan? Have you read the small print on theback? It should really be called Sugarpan, because the main ingredient is, guess what, SUGAR!! OK, most recipes call for half ground almonds & half sugar, but even in the more respected stores, ground Almonds only account for 25% of the product, the rest being made up with the afore mentioned sugar & other additives. So here goes:
HOME MADE MARZIPAN
. G/F. V. Low Fodmap Allergens: EGG. Cooking Time Nil. Covers 1 10cm Cake or smaller cake with enough left over to make chocolate marzipans.
450g Ground Almonds (Good Quality)
225g Icing Sugar
225g Caster Sugar
2 Small Eggs
Juice of half a lemon
1. Tbspn Rum or Sherry
1.Tbspn Orange Flower Water
Few drops Almond Essence
Place the dry ingredients in a large bowl & mix together well.
Pour in the lightly beaten eggs & add the other liquids, mixing with your hands, to form a smooth paste.
DO NOT USE A FOOD MIXER. When the ingredients have bound together, forming a smooth paste, wrap in cling film & chill for a couple of hours. Over working the paste will result in an oily paste, caused by the oil being released from the almonds. Ifyou do not wish to use alcohol in the recipe, replace with Elderflower Syrup.Use fresh, free range eggs, as the rich yellow yolks, produce a good coloured Marzipan.
Use as required, rolling out on a board which has been dusted with icing sugar, to prevent sticking.
Any left- over Marzipan can be rolled onto balls or cut into shapes & dipped in melted chocolate & used for decoration. If you are feeling creative, you can always whip up a boozy Christmas Stollen with your lovely home made Marzipan in the centre.
Until tomorrow, when the recipe will be “The Icing on the Cake”. Have a lovely evening