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How to make Marzipan

The season for merriment is fast approaching, although I do not see why all seasons should not be filled with merriment.  Here at TRUFFLEicious, we are filled with jollity & happiness. Great Chalfield Manor has closed for the winter & we are able to devote our time to creating our recipes, baking our gluten-free loaves & Spelt & Rye veggie Breads, vegan Christmas cakes, luscious lemon mousse cakes & supplying office parties & private functions with mouth-watering canapes.

This month’s recipe is very seasonal. Although I personally do not favour a traditional Christmas Cake, preferring something lighter & less sugary, I know, for a lot of people, Christmas would not be complete without one. No, I am not going to give you a cake recipe, but deal with Marzipan & the making of it.

Are you one of those people who head to the super market & grab a pack of ready-made Marzipan? Have you read the small print on the back?  It should really be called Sugarpan, because the main ingredient is, guess what, SUGAR!!  OK, most recipes call for half ground almonds & half sugar, but even in the more respected stores, ground Almonds only account for 25% of the product, the rest being made up with the afore-mentioned sugar & other additives. Using good quality ground almonds is a must. I recommend purchasing on-line from Wilton Whole Foods  . Some of the poorer quality brands available, literally taste like sawdust.

So here goes:

HOME MADE MARZIPAN. G/F.  V. Low Fodmap  Allergens: EGG. Cooking Time Nil.

Covers 1 30 cm Cake or smaller cake with enough left over to make chocolate Marzipan’s.

Ingredients:

450g Ground Almonds (Good Quality)

225g Icing Sugar

225g Caster Sugar

2 Small Eggs

Juice of half a lemon

1. Tbspn Rum or Sherry

1.Tbspn Orange Flower Water

Few drops Almond Essence

Method:

Place the dry ingredients in a large bowl & mix together well.

Pour in the lightly beaten eggs & add the other liquids, mixing with your hands, to form a smooth paste.

DO NOT USE A FOOD MIXER.  When the ingredients have bound together, forming a smooth paste, wrap in cling film & chill for a couple of hours. Over working the paste will result in an oily paste, caused by the oil being released from the almonds.

If you do not wish to use alcohol in the recipe, replace with Elder flower Syrup. Use fresh, free range eggs, as the rich yellow yolks, produce a good coloured Marzipan.

Use as required, rolling out on a board which has been dusted with icing sugar, to prevent sticking.

Any left-over Marzipan can be rolled onto balls or cut into shapes & dipped in melted chocolate.

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Thank you for reading, if you require any tips of recipes for your festive cooking, let us know. I’m sure we can help.

 

 

Published by Truffleicious.org

TRUFFLEicious was an independent business based at Great Chalfield, Wiltshire, in a stable we converted into a 5* hygiene registered kitchen, within the grounds of Great Chalfield Manor. Wiltshire In January 2019 I moved to Appledore, North Devon, UK, where as well as cooking I have also built & maintain a local food & drink blog web site for small businesses & visitors alike. My new site www.northdevondoes.com is a non-profit website. Having worked as a cook for more than 40 years mainly in private family houses for Polo functions and at Harrods. “My aim is to supply & blog about the benefits of 100% Homemade foods made from my own original recipes and containing fresh, natural, local ingredients, which contain NO nasties”. Visit my website: www.truffleicious.org I have wealth of experience behind me, encompassing a broad range of cookery techniques & original own recipes. www.truffleicious.org I also write a blog, giving recipes, cookery tips & dealing with what to do with your leftovers & also food & nutrition blog (Low FodMap Diet) "Paws for Thought" www.truffleicious.blog I was invited to The Great British Food Festival, Bowood House, Nr Calne, Wiltshire on August Bank Holiday Monday 2017 where I gave a cookery demonstration on Gluten Free Cakes. Media Interviews: BBC Radio Wiltshire Graham Rogers Morning Show. Love your leftovers 26.12.18 BBC Radio Wiltshire. The Social. Sue Kinnear & Tim Weaks 17.12.2018 BBC Radio Wiltshire. GBBO Tech Challenge. Rachel Houghton morning Show 27.11.18 I will also be on the Sue Davis show, BBC Radio Wiltshire, for 6 weeks in October 2017 sharing my recipes on food leftovers. The Marie Lennon Morning Show. BBC Radio Wiltshire. Tues 12th December 2017 talking about making chocolate Truffles for Christmas. Chatting with Holly Rattley about my blog www.truffleicious.blog in the Kitchen at BBC Radio Wiltshire on Thursday 28th December 2017 & demonstrating what to do with those Christmas leftovers. BBC Wiltshire also featured me on "The Social" with Sue Kinnear & Tim Weeks in Dec 2018 chatting about building my websites & social media. TRUFFLEicious/FoodiesDevon is registered as a food business with Torridge Council & our Scores on the Doors are 5*. We hold current public & product liability insurance & Food Hygiene Certificate. I am an avid user of social media & you can follow me any FB, five accounts, twitter five accounts, Instagram, four accounts. View my profile on LinkedIn.

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