Recipe for Mazapan or Marzipan
When I was a little girl and for special occasions, my mom used to make this delicious treats we call mazapan or marzipan. For those who don´t know what marzipan is, I will give a brief explanation. Mazapan is a confection of sugar and almond meal. After mixing them, we get a soft paste we can easily give shapes. The idea is to make small sweet treats you can enjoy eating and even giving them as a present for those who love sweets!!! My mom used to buy food colorings and let us made our own creations. She is an expert giving perfect shapes of fruits, vegetables, and even cartoon characters. I remember she made one looking like Bob the Builder for my son (he loved this TV show)-
Well, I am writing these hub to explain a little about one new tradition I´ve learned now that I live in Spain. Here, Marzipan is must during Christmas season; supermarkets, many sweet stores and bakeries fill their shelves and counters with this delicious and beautiful treats. Although Spanish marzipan flavor and presentation is a little different than my Peruvian marzipan, it is as good and delicious as mine. It is not only delicious, but it is a very delicate present for someone you love and care, it is a present you can not only share but also enjoy with those you love!!!
There are different theories about it´s origin, but here in Spain this dessert was created in the region of Toledo specially for Christmas and is this region´s most famous dessert. I will give the recipe and hope you try this at home, is not hard to make and is ideal for those who love cooking and and decorating. The art of making marzipan is not just preparing it but also giving beautiful shapes, colouring and giving all the details. Personally I prefer buying them (since I do not have my mom close to me to make my marzipan) but if want to try something new, I recommend you to try this recipe. You are going to love it!!
Ingredients for the Spanish Version:
- 300 gr grounded almonds
- 300 gr confectioners sugar
- 2 spoon of water
- 1 egg white
- optional: lemon peel or cinnamon (just for a different flavor)
In a bowl, mix almonds, confectioners sugar and water. Mix it well until we get a soft and uniform paste. Let this paste rest for a few hours.
After letting our preparation rest, we can start making little shapes like fruits, animals or angels. Now we beat the egg white until we get crops; using a brush, we can paint the figures we already made.
Now is the moment to bake our marzipan figures on a 200 ºC preheated oven for just two minutes, until golden brown. Let them stand and they are ready to eat!!!
We use the same ingredients but this time we mix them all including the egg white. After letting the paste rest, we can proceed to use some food colouring and create our own treats. Imagine some fruits, animals, angels and more. Try to work with the details like eyes, noses or whatever you can imagine. The good thing about the Peruvian version is that you do not have to bake it to give color because you are already colouring it.
This is a perfect sweet to do with kids!!! I highly recommend it to you. You are not only going to love it´s flavor but will also love the way they look!!!