Who does not like the Marzipan ? It is a traditional and typically Christmas dessert, which is produced and consumed especially in Spain. Although in some Spanish provinces, as for example in Toledo, it is very common that it is consumed all year round, where in fact it is highly characteristic.
Moreover, in this place in Spain there is probably the first written reference related to marzipan, which dates back to the year 1577, although in 1786 the book's edition stands out Art of confectionery: In which all kinds of dry and liquid sweets are contained, biscuits, nougat, cream, frozen drinks of all kinds, rosolis, mistelas [et] c. With a brief instruction to know the fruits and serve them raw. And ten tables with your explanation , where in addition to the marzipan other typical sweets are named, as is the case of nougat.
Although the first documentation on its origin dates back precisely to the fifteenth century, there are some legends that could indicate that its origin is possibly Persian. Moreover, many historians agree that it is quite likely that he arrived in our country towards the eighth century, after the Arab invasion. However, there are those who think that it also came from the hand of crusaders and pilgrims.
In any case, we are facing a typical traditional christmas sweet , which consists of a kind of dough or sweet of almonds and sugar , which are mixed in equal quantities and crushed until a texture is obtained that is as uniform as possible. To finish, the dough is painted with egg white and baked, acquiring that characteristic color.
Recipe of marzipan figures
It will take you to prepare the figurines around 1 hour, and bake them about 20 minutes approximately.
- 200 gr ground almonds
- 200 gr of icing sugar
- 1 egg
How to make marzipan figures:
- First carefully separate the white from the egg yolk, and reserve it.
- If you have whole raw almonds, grind them with the help of an electric grinder. Then mix the ground almonds with the icing sugar and the egg white, little by little, until you get a mass that is as homogeneous as possible.
- Put baking paper in the baking tray.
- Separate in small portions. If you wish, make figurines to make traditional marzipan. You can choose to cut pasta with shapes, or give them yourself the shapes you want.
- Place the marzipan figurines on top of the baking paper and when you have them all placed brush the surface with the egg yolk.
- Place in the oven and bake at 200ºC. There is no baking time, ideally observe the figurines and remove them from the oven when they have browned slightly.
- Lists! You already have your delicious Christmas figurines.