Home-made Marzipan to use to top Christmas cakes and you can color, flavor, or form the marzipan into many different sweets or decorations.

IngredientsHome-made Marzipan

2 cups granulated sugar
1/8 tsp cream of tartar
4 cups ground almonds (or almond meal)
2 egg whites
Icing sugar for dusting

Method

Prepare a work space by dusting over a marble slab, wooden cutting board, or large baking sheet with icing sugar.

Fill your sink or a large bowl with cold water

Put the sugar and 2/3 cup water in a large heavy saucepan and heat gently, stirring, until the sugar dissolves

Add the cream of tartar and turn up the heat and bring to a boil and cover, boiling, for 3 minutes

Uncover and boil until the temperature reaches soft-ball stage, 240 degrees on a sugar thermometer

Place the bottom of the saucepan in the cold water you’ve prepared, stirring the sugar mixture constantly until it becomes thick and creamy

Stir in the ground almonds and the egg whites, the place back over low heat and stir for 2 minutes more until the mixture is thick

Spoon the marzipan onto your prepared work surface, and turn it with a metal spatula until it cools down enough to touch

Coat your hands in icing sugar and begin to knead the marzipan, working it until it is smooth and pliant

Your marzipan can now be used immediately or stored by wrapping it in plastic wrap and keeping it in an airtight container

 

 

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