National Marzipan Day
Yes, it's that time of year again: Marzipan Madness! Do you really need a reason to eat something made almost entirely of sugar, with a little almond paste thrown in? No! But, the non-official holiday gives you an excuse to get your sugar high on. In case you don't know, Marzipan is made of ground almonds (almond paste), sugar and honey. It becomes the play-dough of the confectionary world, having the marvelous properties of being able to take on any shape or color. If you're in Italy, you'll probably be eating little fruits, whereas Spain favors little animals.
Marzipan's origins are not entirely known, though Germany is suspect. They particular love their marzipan, and consider it one of their specialities. As for the "national day" status, who really knows!!
- 2 cups of confectioners sugar
- half of a pound of finely chopped and blanched almonds
- 2 egg whites
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
- Blend 2 cups of confectioners sugar, half of a pound of finely chopped and blanched almonds, 2 egg whites, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon almond extract into a blender and blend until smooth...
- Chill for 24 hours
- When you're ready to shape and color, let the marzipan come to room temperature so it's easy to shape, and paint with food coloring of your choice!