Friday, October 23, 2009
Friday Favorite - Marzipan...
...chocolate covered marzipan actually. Inside this little box contains my very favorite treat. I'll tell you that it's not easy to find. I ask for it in every candy shop - even Godiva stores - and they never have it. But my wonderful husband always seems to find me some. And these chocolate marzipan hearts were the absolute best birthday present ever!
You can easily find marzipan - it's in the grocery store in the baking aisle (a common brand is Odense). And I suppose to cover some of it in chocolate would be easy enough, but this is one indulgence that I prefer to buy (or receive!) already made. Don't ask me why. I have no problem making my own yogurt, granola, or my own birthday cake. Maybe I'll make it someday. If you're interested in making your own, I found a recipe here.
Marzipan is essentially almonds ground to a paste with sugar and egg whites or corn syrup to act as a binder. It is used in candy and pastries such as petit fours. It can also be tinted and shaped into edible fruits and other shapes to adorn cakes. I first tasted marzipan in Germany when I was in college and traveled with friends around Europe. I fell in love when I tasted it. It's probably the reason I love these pinched orange macaroons so much - and the reason I named my blog Marzipan. If you happen to see it covered in chocolate, you've got to try it! What is your favorite sweet indulgence?
Labels: Marzipan Favorites