I could not help myself from making these lovely little marzipan creations whenever I spotted them over at Rose's blog. Being a big fan of marzipan, I was instantly intrigued and a few days later, I made them before I went to work.
These don't taste like the sugar-laden marzipan in the shops, but have more of an almondy flavour, as marzipan should have. I halved the portion since I was only making them for myself as a tester, but I will post the full recipe, which will make enough for four pieces - the perfect homemade gift for that marzipan-loving friend of yours (we all have one..at least!) or for yourself, it works a treat along with a good cuppa!
1 cup ground almonds
1 tbsp maple syrup (or agave)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
4 pear or apple stalks
Food colouring (I used cornflour + turmeric for a slightly yellow colour, and cornflour + paprika powder for coating, but they gave off a slightly savoury taste, so maybe use natural food colouring and mix in with the almond mixture if you have it!)
- Simply mix the almonds, maple syrup and vanilla together (and food colouring, if using) in a cup or a bowl. I used the back of a spoon, and worked it for a good few minutes until it all stuck together and made a dough.
- Divide into four pieces and shape into whatever sort of fruit or vegetable you want.
If you're not eating these immediately, refrigerate them until serving. They will keep for 2-3 days in the fridge. Not a very tricky treat - but still so delicious!
I hope you are having a great weekend! Any plans? I myself was in work making filled chocolates yesterday, and I'll be working the rest of the weekend too, but I don't mind as I had two days off earlier in the week. Hopefully, I'll get time to carve out the pumpkin I got the other week tonight, we'll see!