Friday, February 05, 2010

Walnut Vanilla Bean Marzipan


I really meant to post this before christmas, but... oh well, you can eat marzipan all year round, can't you? It's simple to make, and it's a lot tastier than what you can find at the store. I added walnuts and vanilla, to make it a bit more interesting, but you can certainly make it from just almonds as well. And no need to blanch and peel unless you want to - I didn't mind the slightly rougher texture and greyish color since I was making little pigs. You could certainly color your marzipan, too, but frankly I didn't want to add any chemicals to it.

You *do* need an almond grinder. Using a food processor won't give you the same texture, and it's quite possible that the measurements won't work to give you a smooth marzipan. Feel free to try it, but no guarantees...

Walnut Vanilla Bean Marzipan
(printable recipe)

120 g almonds
50 g walnuts
120 g powdered sugar
1/2 egg white
1 tbsp white baking syrup (or corn syrup)
1 vanilla bean

Grind almonds and walnuts in an almond grinder. Combine with the powdered sugar and egg white, and add the syrup. If the mixture seems too wet, you can add more sugar. If it's too dry, add more syrup. Finally, mix in the scraped out innards of the vanilla bean.


Shape little pigs, or whatever you feel like...


When you get tired of shaping the marzipan, you can make this simple candy with nougat. Press marzipan into a small tin. Melt nougat and pour on top. Leave it to set completely, then drizzle with melted dark chocolate. Keeps well in the fridge.

Recipe in Swedish:
Valnötsmarsipan med vanilj


Rosemary said...

Will be trying this recipe. Love the pigs.

FoodTherapy4Me said...

Too cute! An Almond Grider eh? What does one of those look like??

Anne said...

FoodTherapy - it's called an almond mill, sometimes. Here's a photo:

FoodTherapy4Me said...

Oh I see, thanks for the photo! Heavy duty looking for sure!!

Ed Schenk@ Detroit Eats said...

I loved the picture!

Click Click Culinary said...

thats really cute! makes me happy looking at it! :)