Wednesday, December 17, 2014

How to Make Your Own Marzipan

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The historic town of Lübeck, world famous for its Marzipan, is the epicenter of Almonds and sugar. The flagship in town is Niederegger, an artisan confectioner, who produces mainly the famous Marzipan that is made entirely of Almonds, with no added sugar. Marzipan was brought from the Orient to Europe by crusaders and initially only enjoyed by nobles. 
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How to Make Your Own Marzipan
Marzipan is often called Almond paste in North America. A small difference is that Marzipan uses Rose Water.  To make your own Marzipan 
get ground almonds  or almond meal that’s made from blanched almonds - with the skins removed - for example Red Mill Almond Meal/Flour.  Poor the ground almonds or almond meal into a food processor, and add a small amount of powder sugar, pulse to combine.  Add a small amount of  rose water and almond extract and pulse again. Add the egg-white and pulse again. You may need to work the mixture with your hands to ensure that it is well mixed. After kneading the dough, place it in the fridge in a covered bowl or a canning jar.  I like to fill Dates with Marzipan, a very popular dessert with my dinner guests. 


Ingredients
2 cups almond flour½ cup powdered sugar
2 teaspoons pure almond extract
1 teaspoon quality food grade rose water
1 egg white


Recipes That Call for Marzipan
Almond-studded Marzipan cookies
Marzipan-Poinsettia Decorations
Marzipan Snowman Decorations


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