Recipe by Carol
"Make your own marzipan instead of buying it. Marzipan is used to frost Christmas cakes and for candies, and all sorts of other goodies. Please note: this recipe contains raw eggs. We recommend that pregnant women, young children, the elderly and the infirm do not consume raw eggs. Important: be sure to use only fresh eggs for this recipe."
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finely ground blanched almonds
Really good recipe, although I tweaked mine when I made it. Doubled all the ingredients, except the eggs, I still used 2. I whisked the egg whites until frothy, and then mixed those into the rest of the ingredients by hand, rather than using a blender. Once it was sticking together, I just kneaded it on my countertop like I was making bread, until it was of uniform texture and well mixed. To grind the almonds, I used my food processor, it worked really well. I really wanted a strong almond flavour for the recipe I was making the marzipan for, so I doubled the along extract...next time I will probably add a little more. All in all, this turned out really well, even with my changed. Had a smooth, firm texture, nice colour, and great taste! Will be making more this weekend for my Christmas baking projects!
*****As a side note, please read the directions and ingredients before making this recipe! If you have issues with using raw eggs then use a different recipe! It's not fair to rate a recipe low if you do not like the ingredients called for, just pick another one to make, there are plenty of recipes to be found online!*****
I boil 2 c.gran. sugar and 1 c.water to 230-234 on candy thermometer and stir in 3 c. ground blanched almonds and 2 eggwhites and cook whole together for 3 minutes and knead into a bit of powdered sugar...more work but safe and is like commercial marzipan not icing- old Spanish recipe)
It isn't necessary to eat frostings with raw eggs anymore. The American Egg Board provides instructions on how to make your favorite recipes, including frostings, by slowly bringing the raw eggs to the appropriate temperature in a double boiler - along with some of the sugar and liquid to prevent curdling - and then continuing with your original recipe (see Egg Safety).
I tried this recipe, did exactly as it said, and after little more than 24 hours in the fridge I took it out to see.... too sticky and liquidized to work with. I even tried rolling it into powdererd sugar. So I looked up an original recipe, only to find out it was double this one.. only it still had 2 egg whites. Note to recipe giver.. please change the amount of egg whites in this recipe, otherwise add more almonds. thanks
In addition to the egg safety tips...I have used meringue powder as an egg white subsitute in recipes before. The product has a variety of names and is typically available with wedding cake products at the craft store (also used for hardening icing). This should not affect the taste or consistency and is a worthwhile exploration for those concerned with saftey.
Yum... That turned out well and just like from the store... My guests from Zurich loved this on a chocolate cake that I made. A++, thanx Carol
i love it and so do the kids... its really fun to make your own decorations
I make this now all the time - my husband and step son love it just as a treat. I did double the almonds and I use the simply egg whites which say they are safe to eat raw. We have drizzled chocolate, butterscotch, even marshmallow on top and it's really, really good!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Serving Size: 1/16 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 16
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 65
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