Every holiday season, we get calls at the shop if we stock Marzipan, and the plain answer has always been, NO. Marzipan is not commonly used here in Uganda, but somehow, the Christmas holiday sparks curiosity, and the phones go crazy.
That got me also curious; for all honesty, I didn’t know how Marzipan tasted, so I decided to search about it.
Apparently, Marzipan is one of the staple foods during the Christmas holiday in most European countries, no wonder we only get these calls during the Christmas season.
I also discovered, to my surprise, that Marzipan is actually easy to make. All you need is a mix of three main ingredients; almond paste, icing sugar, and egg white.
Because almond paste is one of the ingredients used to make Marzipan, it’s common for some people to assume that they the same. In reality, they are different; Marzipan is much smoother and can be easily rolled, and it can be used to cover cakes and make figurines. I would say it’s a fancier version of fondant.
Here is an easy recipe I found online to make almond paste.
1 cup almond flour
1 cup icing sugar
1 egg white (small eggs)
1 tsp almond essence
A pinch of salt.
Mix the ingredients and gently knead into a ball.
You can store this mixture into an airtight container for future use.
How to make Marzipan
To make the Marzipan, you will need to use the almond paste, add more icing sugar and egg whites – now you see where the confusion is, right.
I would say the difference between the two is really the texture and sweetness and well, its application.
1 cup of the almond paste.
2 egg whites
3 cups icing sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence.
Mix all the ingredients and gently knead until you get a smooth pliable paste. You may need to add icing sugar if the mixture is sticky.
That’s it, a homemade Marzipan for your Christmas.