What is marzipan?

January 26, 2015
What is marzipan?

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What is marzipan?

Going into any pastry shop, we will be surprised by the huge variety of sweets. Sweet, praline, nougat, Turkish delight ... Among them you can find and marzipan. Do you know what it is and what it consists of?

What is marzipan and where is it used

The word "marzipan" comes from the Latin "maza" - "flour porridge" and "panis" - "bread".

Marzipan is a sweet, thick mixture of finely ground almonds and sugar syrup. Other ingredients are sometimes added to the mixture - apricot or peach bones, candied fruits, other nuts, wine. But it is almonds that contain butter, which allows you to make various figures out of the sweet mass, which can be glazed, painted, watered with chocolate. Such confectionery products from this mass - figurines, sweets - are also called marzipans.

Long since this delicacy was considered the most elegant and rich. Only in a high aristocratic society could marzipans be tasted. Now it is quite a popular dessert, which can be found in any store.

They make bread and biscuits from marzipan and also use it as a filling in cakes, cakes, chocolate and various buns.

In Germany, Holland, Spain and other European countries there are even museums of marzipan, where huge marzipan figures are represented.

Marzipan Cooking Recipe

If you are interested in the secret of making this delicacy, we will present you one simple recipe. You will need:

  • 400 g of sweet almond;
  • 400 g of sugar;
  • half a cup of rose water;
  • flour, frosting.

Cooking method:

  1. Smash the almonds by adding water.
  2. Put the mixture in a saucepan, add sugar there.
  3. Put on the fire and cook, stirring, until thick.
  4. Cool the mass. Sprinkle flour, roll it and cut into figures.
  5. Smear the figures with glaze and bake in the oven until cooked.

Marzipan mixture may be part of the confectionery mastic.