Sometimes I get a itch to try out new things. That day it was a sweet experiment, more precisely a Marzipan make over. This sweet almond dough is one of my favorite candies, but I am often disappointed by bought marzipan, especially in Goa it is impossible to find good marzipan bonbons. Sometimes its not only the taste which disappoints me, but also the weird colorings and forms.
I just cant imagine how anybody can enjoy a fake colored marzipan pig or mushroom. Absolutely not appetizing! Would you enjoy a purple colored marzipan? At least if you knew that it contained organic blueberry extract then it would make more sense, right? Often commercial sold Marzipan is enriched with more sugar then almond paste and the taste is covered with lots of almond essence.
Cooked almond dough is great to use as coating for cakes but simple uncomplicated Marzipan can be made without cooking too. In this recipe I preferred to use the almonds au naturel, that means without peeling them. That resulted in a natural brown coloring, which I feel looks gorgeous! For a unique flavor I chose to use linden honey, the honey’s aroma can be described as flowery, fresh with a strong aftertaste. Its not too overwhelming and neither too sweet which I found well fitting to incorporate it into my Marzipan candy. My uncle is a professional beekeeper and I am a fan of all his honey variations, so I try to arrange for 2-3 jars whenever I come to Goa or when some of my family members come down. He makes all kind of honey products such as honey lollipops and honey wax too.
Inspired by my uncle, I came up with linden honey marzipans. I was having a blast making those, engraving a little “design” with a toothpick on the balls surface. You can of course “style”thm to your liking and even shape them differently. Enjoy making them and be creative!
- 100 grams whole Almonds
- 1½ Tablespoon powdered Sugar
- few drops rose water
- 2 hipped Teaspoon linden Honey
- Since my marzipan recipe is all natural, I don't blanche the almonds (if you prefer you can blanche them by keeping the Almonds in boiling water for a few seconds till the skin goes off, then simply peel).
- Grind the Almonds in a mixer small as shown, then add the sugar and grind shortly again.
- Throw in the rose water and mix it well to a paste dough. ( I used the mixer and broke my cheap quality Jar by doing that). Keep it for 2 hours covered in the fridge to rest.
- After 2 hours, take it out of the fridge and add the honey to the marzipan. Mix it all well in with your fingers. Its a sticky story but its well worth the troubel.
- Now your Marzipan is ready and you can form it anyhow you like it. Be creative and try out new ideas. =)
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