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post #1 of 17
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Does anyone have a recipe for 'marzipan' that isn't TOO almondy.

I know to be legit marzipan there's supposed to be a specific ratio of almonds to sugar. But there's only so much 'almond' taste I can stand and I'd like to know if anyone has a recipe that is more vanilla flavored.....
post #2 of 17
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Originally Posted by Renovia View Post
Does anyone have a recipe for 'marzipan' that isn't TOO almondy.

I know to be legit marzipan there's supposed to be a specific ratio of almonds to sugar. But there's only so much 'almond' taste I can stand and I'd like to know if anyone has a recipe that is more vanilla flavored.....
isn't that all there is in marzipan - almonds & sugar? plus some kind of binder?
post #3 of 17
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I know - I just don't know how much vanilla flavoring to add to make it tolerable. Or a different kind of paste...
post #4 of 17
I think you're looking for something else altogether. Marzipan is almonds, sugar, and eggwhites.
post #5 of 17
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marzipan Here is a link you can check out.
post #6 of 17
Try this one:

http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/4...range-marzipan

The orange juice and orange zest will drown out the almond flavour. You could also try a different nut, something like Macadamia nuts?

Here is another:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/da...an_77308.shtml
post #7 of 17
I wonder if fondant might work for you -- you could add a little almond extract if you want a bit of that flavor:

http://www.homemade-dessert-recipes....t-recipes.html
post #8 of 17
If you want legit marzipan, you need almonds or almond paste. Anything else is just not marzipan. Toledo, Spain, is the capital of marzipan and Jen and I love it. No almonds, no marzipan in our books.
post #9 of 17
Thread Starter 
Hi guys, that's why I put 'marzipan' in quotes. I know it's not legit marzipan once you start adding other things to it.

I just am not fond of the almond flavor but love the tradition of making it and hanging it on our tree. I just seems to be wasteful when we through stuff away. Just looking for recipes that make it more tolerable. That's all.

P. S. Sorry - I'm feeling a little touchy today. Not that anyone meant to say anything wrong. I just wanted to have some 'marzipan' to sculpt and color that is more tasty to eat. I'll go crawl under a rock now.
post #10 of 17
[dragging you out from under your rock] Hey, do you have any pictures of marzipan you've made in the past? I'd love to see! I watched someone make a marzipan peach once, and it was so pretty!

It occurs to me that my fondant suggestion is dumb if you're going to hang it on your Christmas tree -- I don't think it would harden like marzipan, and it certainly wouldn't keep.
post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by Renovia View Post
Hi guys, that's why I put 'marzipan' in quotes. I know it's not legit marzipan once you start adding other things to it.

I just am not fond of the almond flavor but love the tradition of making it and hanging it on our tree. I just seems to be wasteful when we through stuff away. Just looking for recipes that make it more tolerable. That's all.

P. S. Sorry - I'm feeling a little touchy today. Not that anyone meant to say anything wrong. I just wanted to have some 'marzipan' to sculpt and color that is more tasty to eat. I'll go crawl under a rock now.
If you need it for sculpting and tree decoration, why not consider "Royal Icing"? You can make it thicker than what you would normally use for piping it out, and it dries rock hard so it's durable, and because there is no nuts in it you don't have to worry about spoilage. I've made decorations out of royal icing before and they turned out pretty good. And the best part of all is that it's edible if you want.

Another good thing to use for tree decorating/sculpting is gingerbread. You roll it out and you can cut all kinds of shapes, and when baked it is pretty solid.
post #12 of 17
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Originally Posted by Renovia View Post
Does anyone have a recipe for 'marzipan' that isn't TOO almondy.

I know to be legit marzipan there's supposed to be a specific ratio of almonds to sugar. But there's only so much 'almond' taste I can stand and I'd like to know if anyone has a recipe that is more vanilla flavored.....
I have been looking on the web for you. I also just posted a question to another forum I go to - Discuss Cooking. I will let you know what I find out.

Also, is it the almonds that you don't like or just the fact that you want more vanilla taste? I am also calling my cousin who is a chef and makes marzipan for Christmas.
post #13 of 17
Thread Starter 
Hi all - I've been wthout power most of the day I think a tornado touched down not too far from here.

About the Royal Icing - I hadn't thought of that - I'll look into that I've done that before.

I'll search around for marzipan picts that I've done - I may have to scan them though because it was before I had a digital camera

I'm ok with the texture and some almond flavor - it's the excessive almond flavor that makes me gag after about 2 bites.

I've done decorations with gingerbread and also with that cinnamon/applesauce recipe too. I like the marzipan because you can color it...I hadn't used icing on the ginerbread.
post #14 of 17
I got some replies from the Discuss Cooking forum. Here is one suggestion:

"Hazelnut paste flavored with vanilla. Very nice"

Another was to use Macadamia nuts, which someone else suggested here, too.

Another person said that vanilla extract was not used because there is so much almond flavor (sounds like what you already know ) Anyway, try it with other nuts and add the vanilla was the consensus.
post #15 of 17
Thread Starter 
thanks so much - hazelnut sounds good to me! Now I wonder where to get it!
post #16 of 17
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thanks so much - hazelnut sounds good to me! Now I wonder where to get it!
I found this link for you about where to get it in general and how to make it.

http://www.sonic.net/~alden/Nutseed.html
post #17 of 17
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thanks so much - hazelnut sounds good to me! Now I wonder where to get it!
i've found chopped hazelnuts in the cooking/nuts section at Kroger...
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