How to Make Homemade Marzipan Candy
Sometimes the most loved candies are those which are hated in equal measure. Marzipan is perhaps the prime example of this. Marzipan harnesses a certain part of the almond flavor profile which some people don't enjoy, but many absolutely love. Sometimes the processed flavorings of store-bought marzipan can be especially distasteful to some. Whether you love marzipan, are hoping to acquire the taste or you want to make some for a friend, our oneHOWTO recipe for how to make homemade marzipan candy shows you how to make the best version. It is a 3 ingredients marzipan meaning it is easy to achieve, but the result is incredible.
Although you can use granulated sugar and ground almonds, they may not be the right consistency for our homemade marzipan. For this reason, we will need to grind both a little more. Ideally this can be done in a food processor, but a blender or immersion blender can work. Do not use a pestle and mortar as you may end up with an unsuitable consistency. Use the photo below as a guide.
In the next step of the easy homemade marzipan candy recipe, mix the sugar and almonds in a bowl.
Crack the egg and separate the white from the yolk. Reserve the yolk in the fridge. Although we only need the white for this part, we will need the yolk later.
Slowly add the egg white to the bowl with the sugar and ground almonds. Remember to beat the white lightly, without creating peaks as you would with a meringue. You should see that the mixture takes on the consistency of wet sand. Mix well for the total integration of the three ingredients. This step is important for this marzipan candy recipe to come out well.
Moisten your hands and knead the ingredients in the same bowl until you obtain a homogeneous dough with a soft and malleable texture. When you have achieved this, shape it into a ball, wrap it in plastic wrap and let it rest for about an hour in the fridge. Now we just need to finish off this homemade marzipan candy recipe.
After this time has elapsed, remove and divide the dough into not very large portions (about 15 grams each) and of uniform size. Give each of piece of candy the shape you want: half moon, star, hearts, etc. To finish, use the egg you reserved earlier as an egg wash.
Preheat the oven to about 200 ºC/390 ºF. Meanwhile, prepare the tray by covering it with greaseproof paper. Place each marzipan candy with at least 3 inches space between so they do not bake together.
This is a very important step in your marzipan candy recipe. The bake time for these candies is only 2-3 minutes. This means you need to have the oven at the right temperature before you put them in, so do not skip the preheat. Do not open the oven when they bake, but do not overbake them either.
After those few minutes, remove the tray from the oven and let the marzipan candies cool completely before removing them from the tray. This will help the candies from breaking apart. Once they are cooled, you can lift them off and place them in a cookie tin or wrap them as a gift.
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- Choose almonds of best quality to prepare your homemade marzipan candy. The Marcona variety is the most used in artisan marzipan.
- If you want, you can give your homemade marzipan an original touch by adding a spice such as ground anise or a pinch of cinnamon to the sugar and almond mixture. Another possibility is to give them a subtle orange or lemon aroma by incorporating a little finely ground peel of one of these citrus fruits.
- Remember that the secret of delicious homemade marzipan is to obtain a very fine dough, so grinding the sugar and almonds completely is very important. Another possibility is to prepare it with icing sugar and already ground almonds, which you can also find in the supermarket.