Marzipan Day 2017 is on Thursday, January 12, 2017: How do i make marzipan?
Thursday, January 12, 2017 is Marzipan Day 2017. Fruit_shaped_marzipan_1410687_ ... Etymology
Like it or hate it, marzipan plays a large role throughout the festive period. Odds are you have a good bit remaining (including toppings of Christmas cakes and goodies), and you’ll need something related to it. Marzipan Day is about exploring this sweet, yellow-colored paste of ground walnuts, sugar, and egg whites as an component and becoming creative. See what you could make!
1 pound blanched almonds, coarsely chopped
3 large egg whites, room temperature
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons vanilla
3 to 4 cups confectioners' sugar
In an electric coffee grinder, grind the blanched almonds in small batches into a fine powder. Sift the powder through a fine sieve into a large bowl. Regrind any almond particles remaining in the sifter. In a bowl whisk the egg whites with the salt until they are frothy, whisk the vanilla, and stir the mixture into the almond powder. Sift in 3 cups of confectioners' sugar, 1 cup at a time, kneading the mixture together in the bowl, and sift enough of the remaining 1 cup sugar to form a smooth, pliable dough (add more sugar if the dough is too sticky). Quarter the dough and wrap each piece tightly in foil. The marzipan paste keeps, chilled, in an airtight container for up to 8 weeks.
1 pound marzipan paste, at room temperature
Food coloring, for decorating
Cloves, for decorating
Work with 1 piece of marzipan at a time, keeping the remaining marzipan covered tightly. Pull off a piece of marzipan paste, form it into a smooth ball by rolling it between the palms, and shape it gently into the desired shape. (Wipe hands occasionally with a damp cloth.)
To achieve the texture of citrus fruit roll the marzipan shape over a fine grater or sieve. A small wire loop may be pressed into the back of the thickest part of the marzipan if the marzipan is for hanging.
Let the marzipan dry on sheets of foil overnight and with a large soft watercolor brush dipped in the food coloring, tint it as desired. If a shading effect is desired add the second coat of coloring before the first coat dries.
Let the marzipan dry on foil for 2 days and with a fine soft water color brush dipped in the food coloring add any fine details desired. Wooden picks, broken into small pieces and colored with food coloring, may be used to form the stems of fruits. Cloves may be used to form the blossom end of fruits such as apples and pears. White paper may be cut and colored with food coloring to form the leaves for fruits, or any small leaves may be used.
After the marzipan has had its final coat of food coloring let it dry on sheets of foil for1 day. The marzipan keeps, chilled, in an airtight container for up to 8 weeks.
Yield: 25 small marzipan shapes
what is marzipan candy?
The original Marzipan was made from almond powder, sugar and the juice of rose petals. The best may still be Luebecker Marzipan.
Pfeffernuesse? Those are small pieces of "Christmas bread," in the size of walnuts or a bit bigger. They contain flour, sugar and spices, Pfeffer means pepper (indicating a spicy taste).
Christmas Stollen is another "Christmas Bread," a loaf, also served for the holidays. It contains flour, sugar, nuts and fruit. The original Stollen is made from natural ingredients with no food color.
Organic Stollen is availbale from as I found out a few days ago!
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