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Traditional Christmas Food

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.

 

 

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 Stem Ginger,  Gluten / Dairy Free + Vegetarian   150g Cellophane Bag £5

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Strawberry Liqueur Crème  GF, V Chocolates. 100g  Embossed Gold Ballontine £6

Champagne GF, Vegetarian. Contains Dairy.    100g Embossed Gold Ballontine £6

Salt Caramel GF, Vegetarian. Contains Dairy.      100g Embossed Gold Ballontine £6

Florentines GF, V .  150g  Cellophane Bag £5. (Contains nuts)

Black Forest Chocolate & Liqueur Truffle Log, Serves 8-10 GF, Contains nuts £15

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Chocolate, Brandy & Fig, Truffle Cake Serves 10-12 Gluten Free £25 (Contains Nuts)

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Should you wish to seek us out on the run up to Christmas this is the page you need. Here you will find events we are attending, any offers we have running and mouth watering photos of our seasonal products.

Our next event is at a beautiful, moated, medieval Manor.  Great Chalfield Manor is a National Trust Property, near Melksham, Wiltshire.

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The Christmas Fair takes place on Saturday 16th December 2017 from 10.30 – 3.30

You will be able to buy our 100% Homemade Chocolate Truffles (Gluten-free ), Cakes and Stollens.

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Our first event on Friday 17 Nov 2017 6pm – 8.30pm & Saturday 18th Nov 9.30 – 4pm will be at Lowden Garden Centre, Bath Road, Shaw, Melksham, Wiltshire. SN12 8EZ.

As well as our own recipe homemade Chocolate Truffles, this year we will be giving you the chance to sample & order our new, own recipe gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian alternative Christmas Cakes. These come in 3 different varieties & can be decorated (not dairyfree) or left unadorned for the purists among you.

All the above will be available at the events for sampling and can also be ordered for collection or delivery within a 3 mile radius.

Hope to see you #Foodies