It’s the time of year when Christmas cakes need to be marzipanned. If you are marzipanning a cake then I definitely recommend making extra marzipan so that you can make a few of these. I won’t be marzipanning a cake because my mum is in charge of Christmas cake baking but I couldn’t resist making some of these anyway because I love marzipan and I love chocolate therefore I adore marzipan chocolates. You can make them into any shape and if you are more talented than me then maybe try making them into marzipan fruits. My talents certainly don’t stretch that far.
Making your own marzipan is easy and much more satisfying and much tastier than the shop bought version. It does contain raw eggs though so don’t make these for young children, pregnant women or the elderly or anyone else that has vulnerable health because of the risk of salmonella with raw eggs.
This is the recipe my mum always uses for her Christmas cakes and it works beautifully.
250g (8oz) ground almonds
125g (4oz) caster sugar
125g (4oz) icing sugar, sifted
1 tsp lemon juice
few drops of almond extract
1 free range egg, lightly beaten
50g 70% cocoa chocolate, melted
Stir the almonds, the caster sugar and the icing sugar together in a large bowl until well combined. Add the lemon juice, almond extract and most of the egg and mix to a fairly firm dough (you may need all of the egg or you may not, so add it gradually). Take the dough out of the bowl and knead on a surface dusted with icing sugar until smooth. I then wrapped it in clingfilm and placed in the fridge for an hour or so to firm up a bit more before making into the sweets.
To make the sweets as pictured above I took small balls of dough and rolled until smooth then pressed down with the tines of a fork to flatten. I then dipped them in the melted chocolate and placed them onto greaseproof paper to set.
You could roll out the dough and use cookie cutters to make shapes. You could leave the chocolate out of it and simply enjoy the marzipan all on its own.
These eaten whilst enjoying a glass of Amaretto would send me to marzipan heaven.