Homemade marzipan is a delicious almond confection with a plethora of uses. You can roll marzipan out like fondant to cover a cake, make delicate little carrots to top carrot cake, or dip balls of the candy in dark chocolate for an afternoon tea companion.
Shortly after I was born in Tehran, my parents immigrated to Stuttgart, Germany. I lived in Germany until I was six at which point we moved to the States. The most vivid memories I have of our time in Germany are of the food, especially the sweets. While American kids were eating candy and peanut butter I was being raised on marzipan and nutella. Marzipan holds for me fond memories of Noel and German Christmas markets. Vendors would proudly display their marzipan confections shaped to look like potatoes, pigs, or a variety of colorful fruits.
Since marzipan is not as popular in the U.S. I make it at home whenever possible. Marzipan recipes run the gamut from using whole almonds that one blanches and peels by hand to recipes that require corn syrup to hold the paste together. When developing my recipe I aimed for a marzipan that was easy to make, didn’t require corn syrup, and used as little sugar as possible without impacting the integrity of the candy. Using store bought blanched almond meal saved me the tedious step of blanching the almonds at home. I tested various ratios of almonds to sugar before landing on a marzipan that tasted good but wasn’t too sweet. I added a trickle of almond extract to amplify the flavor. Lastly, I used a modest amount of rose water to help bind the marzipan together (you can replace the rosewater with pasteurized egg whites or regular water if you don’t like the flavor of rosewater).
After some research and experimentation I’ve developed my go-to homemade marzipan recipe that I use for various purposes. I knead food coloring paste into some batches to top a princess cake or make little carrots for carrot cake. I’ve also been known to enrobe truffle-sized pieces of this marzipan with dark chocolate for a delicious after dinner treat.
If you make this all purpose marzipan, leave me a comment and let me know your favorite way to enjoy it!Print