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Marzipan

Marzipan Few Irish people seem to like marzipan, but I certainly do. Perhaps people don’t like it because most marzipan here is terrible, and finding the good stuff is very difficult indeed. It helps that I have a sister-in-law who is from Lubeck, and brings back Niederegger every time she returns from a visit home.

So I was thrilled when a friend recently showed me a recipe for making it, which I had never done before or even considered. My first attempt wasn’t nice at all – dried out and tasteless, and that got my juices flowing – things not turning out become an irresistible challenge!

So I tested several recipes. The best one I found in terms of method was here. Cooking the ground almonds as directed brings out the flavour, and the egg white keeps it soft. (There are recipes using raw eggs, but I kept away from them, in case I ever wanted to use the marzipan in the shops). 

More MarzipanIf you want to try it, a few suggestions:

1. Use half the quantities unless you want a huge pile of the stuff.

2. I ignore cream of tartar whenever I come across it.

3. I found I had to add another half cup of ground almonds because the initial marzipan turned out quite soggy.

4. Make sure your ground almonds are super-fine (I gave mine a whirl in the food processor).

In the end, I had soft, tasty marzipan, which I enrobed in 70% chocolate. Yum!

I do think it could use a bit of extra flavouring, and I’ll play around some more. Perhaps I’ll post a recipe when I’m completely happy with it…

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9 Responses to “Marzipan”

  1. March 24th, 2007 at 12:23 am

    Dianne says:

    That looks heavenly!

  2. March 24th, 2007 at 9:30 am

    Deborah says:

    What a great post! Fresh marzipan is so easy to make and the taste is SO much better. I don’t think people realise this. I always make it for my Christmas cakes. Delish!

  3. March 24th, 2007 at 9:31 am

    Deborah says:

    Oh yes… and on the flavouring try adding a few drops of almond extract… usually gives it a nice punch! :-)

  4. March 24th, 2007 at 10:46 am

    Sarah Bell says:

    I absolutely love marzipan, so I will definitely be trying out this recipe!

  5. March 25th, 2007 at 3:28 am

    brian says:

    I’ve been looking for a good use of the leftover almond meal I get when chopping almonds for “English” toffee as it is known here in the states. I’m not a fan of store-bought marzipan but this looks and sounds great, especially the dipping in chocolate (that always seems to make things better). I just threw out a 2 pound bag last month that was leftover after chopping 10 pounds of almonds. I’ll have to give this a try next winter when I do my annual candymaking marathon.

  6. March 27th, 2007 at 11:11 am

    Caroline@Bibliocook says:

    I’m a big marzipan fan and remember with pain the day when they removed the dark chocolate coated marzipan sweet from the Roses selection – but this could indeed make up for it!

  7. March 28th, 2007 at 3:34 pm

    Linda, The Village Vegetable says:

    i adore this photo and love marzipan. fantastic!

  8. November 5th, 2008 at 1:12 pm

    rose-anne says:

    Could I please have the recipe for marzipan I have tried many, one Delia Smith but all too soft please
    rose-anne

  9. January 12th, 2010 at 5:16 am

    Belgian Waffle Master says:

    We love marzipan in my family, the home made is the most delicious and not very hard to make.

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