Marzipan is one of my favorite sweet treats. I love the marzipan of Lübeck/Germany, the famous Niederegger Marzipan when it’s just coated in dark chocolate. As I don’t eat anymore sugar for nearly 7 years it’s not easy to find some that I can eat, made with honey. I found it, it’s very expensive and you will not use it for many recipes but for very special ones only.
A short time ago I made an Easter cake and one of the possibilities for covering the cake was marzipan. My official tester didn’t like it too much so I took another frosting for the cake. But still I have the marzipan I prepared and I was amazed how easy it is to make it at home.
Essentially marzipan or almond paste is made of almond flour and organic raw honey. That’s it. There is an egg white in to hold all together.
I found a good recipe on The Paleo Mom. It’s very easy although it sounds a little tricky with the thermometer and a lot of stiring. But it’s quickly done and the result is amazing. Now I have a bowl full of marzipan. And a super fast little gift when I am invited somewhere. I made some nice almond paste cookies that are very typical for Italy, especially in the south.
Just take the almond paste, make little balls and put them on parchment paper. They can be flattened with the finger or a fork and decorated with almonds or other nuts (I had only pecan nuts). Let it sit overnight in the fridge. The day after preheat the oven on 160°C/325°F and bake them for around 10 minutes or lightly golden. They should be a little crisp outside but inside still very soft. Let them cool out and pack them in nice little gift bags. Perfect gift for a friend’s inviting!