Germany’s finest contribution to the art of candy making is marzipan.This sweet almond paste mixture, shaped into figures, fruits, and vegetables, is a part of holiday celebrations. Marzipan fruits are typical for both Christmas and Easter.At Easter the candy is also shaped into bunnies and eggs.
– 8-oz. tube marzipan
– Paste colors or liquid food coloring*
– Cocoa powder or ground cinnamon, mint candies, and toothpicks for decorating candies
– ¼ c. light corn syrup diluted with 1 tbsp. hot water (optional).
*Paste color makes bright colors while liquid food coloring produces light colors.
Think of your favorite fruits and vegetables. Decide which four you want to make out of marzipan. Oranges, apples, potatoes, and tomatoes work well because they are basic round shapes. Strawberries, pears, and bananas can easily be molded out of marzipan too.
Wash your hands thoroughly, being sure to wash the backs of your hands and under your nails. Set up a work space at a table or kitchen counter and cover it with a cloth or kitchen parchment paper. Divide the marzipan into four equal parts of about 2 ounces each.
Use a small bowl for each color. Add desired color to marzipan and mix well. You could tint one part red for apples or tomatoes. Another part could be yellow for pears or bananas. Or, shape peas in the pod using green-tinted marzipan. Leave the other two parts the natural tan of the marzipan and apply color with a watercolor brush or simply by rolling the candy in a powdered ingredient such as cocoa.
Divide marzipan into 2-teaspoon clumps. Red apples or tomatoes would be an easy shape to start with. If you wish, you can add stems with bits of green mint candies.
Another easy shape is potatoes. Make them from untinted marzipan and roll in cocoa or cinnamon for the mottled brown outside. Use a toothpick to shape a few eyes in the sides of the potatoes. It’s also easy to make strawberries since they are a rounded heart shape. Make dots all over the berries with a toothpick to resemble strawberries’ texture. Take your time and use your imagination in forming the candies.
Let shapes stand uncovered for several hours. If you wish to glaze them, brush them with mixture of corn syrup and water. After glazing, let stand several hours, or until glaze is set.