Marzipan is such a fun and creative sweet to make. It can be used for all sorts of shapes. Its most well known use is in lil flavoured mini fruits but you can use it to make just about any shape. People, creatures, things. The sky’s the limit!
For this recipe I’ve got it in two parts, one is how to make your own marzipan. And the others how to use it to make the fruits. THOUGH you can also buy tubes of premade marzipan in the store. So if you just want to get creative you can skip making the marzipan first.
You will need!
FOR THE MARZIPAIN
- 1 1/2 cups very finely ground blanched almond flour/meal
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 teaspoons quality pure almond extract
- 1 teaspoon quality food grade rose water or other flavouring of your choice
- 1 egg white
- Measuring cups
- Measuring spoons
- Food processor or your wand
- Plastic wrap
- Place the almond flour and powdered sugar in a food processor and pulse until combined and any lumps are broken up. This can also be managed with your wand a few spells such as rotation spell and some knives but BE CAREFUL if you do that.
- Add the almond extract and rose water and pulse to combine. Add the egg white and process until a thick dough is formed. If the mass is still too wet and sticky, add more powdered sugar and ground almonds. Keep in mind that it will become firmer after it’s been refrigerated.
- Turn the almond marzipan out onto a work surface and knead it a few times. Form it into a log, wrap it up in plastic wrap and refrigerate.
- Will keep for at least a month in the refrigerator or up to 6 months in the freezer. Bring to room temperature before using in any recipe.
- Makes 13-14 ounces of marzipan or almond paste
TO MAKE LIL FRUITS
These are directions specifically to make an apple, pear and Pumpkin shape. But feel free to modify for whatever it is your making.
- 1 7 ounce log of marzipan
- Food colouring
- Powdered sugar for dusting work surface
- Cloves broken so just little stems are used
- Dry bay leaves cut into small leaf shapes
- Water for diluting food dye
- Measuring spoons
- Very small paint brush
- Disposable tablecloth or parchment paper for painting on
- Baking sheet or a tray
- First, add 2 tablespoons of water to 3 small bowls and add a few drops of each colour dye to bowls until you get a light yellow, light green and mix the yellow and red for orange.
- Then, divide your marzipan into 3 equal pieces, one for each type of fruit.
- Take one of the pieces and knead about 1/8 of the green dye until evenly coloured (this will be for the apple), then knead the yellow to another piece for the pear and finally the orange for the pumpkin.
- Dust some powdered sugar on your covered work surface and roll one of the pieces into a long log, you’ll do this with the other 2 as well. Then divide the log into 6 equal pieces, each of these will be your little fruits.
- For the pear, take one piece and use your hands to roll into a ball and taper at the end to shape a pear. Use the small paint brush to paint different colours on the pear. Add a small piece of clove for the stem
- For the apple, roll it into a ball and stick a piece of clove in for the stem. You can also cut small pieces of bay leaf for the apples leaf. Use a paint brush to paint different colours of the apple.
- For the pumpkin, roll it into a flatter ball with a flat bottom. Use the paintbrush handle to make the indents in the pumpkin and top it with a piece of clove for the stem.
- Let them all dry on a parchment lined baking sheet until ready to serve or give away.