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HOW TO MAKE MARZIPAN RAINBOWS
THE CLAY YOU CAN EAT!
I was first introduced to marzipan at a very young age. My sister and I were given little marzipan pigs on New Years Eve, which is a German tradition symbolizing good luck!
Why are these cute yummy piggies considered good luck? Once upon a time, survival during winter depended on what you could produce and having a pig meant you had meat all season long! "Ich habe Schwein gehabt" means "I had pig" and became a common expression to mean "I am lucky". Many marzipan pigs are found holding 4 leaf clovers which made me think to bring marzipan into the luckiest holiday of the year, St. Patrick's day, and make marzipan Rainbows!
On a very special recent birthday, I visited a marzipan museum in a small village in Germany. My mind was completely blown away with the characters and scenery constructed out of marzipan. It was at that moment I realized Marzipan is basically the yummiest and easiest homemade clay there is. Marzipan can literally be molded into anything, scroll to the bottom to see some fun images from my visit and proof of this claim.
Prep time : 5 minutes
Servings : 8 (197 cal)
1 1/2 cup + 1 tbsp. (180 g) blanched & finely ground almond flour
5/8 cup (140 g) powdered sugar
3 tbsp. (40 ml) water
1 tsp (5 ml) almond extract
Food coloring (optional)
marzipan recipe :
Mix all dry ingredients in a food processor until combined and smooth.
Add in all wet ingredients to the food processor and pulse until the dough forms into a ball. (if the mixture is too dry, add more water. if the mixture is too wet, add more almond flour)
Remove from food processor and knead for 30 seconds. Then the mixture is ready to form into any fun shape or roll into a sliceable log. Knead in food coloring to add color.
creating a rainbow :
Roll marzipan into a sliceable log. Divide out marzipan into the number of colors you are going to mix. If you are making a rainbow you will need the most of the outer arch color (red) and the least of the inner arch (purple).
Take a slice of the divided out marzipan and flatten onto clean surface. Add the food coloring into the middle of the circle and knead the coloring in until it is consistent throughout. Repeat for all colors.
Roll out the colors into long tubes, keeping the tubes relatively consistent in size and shape.
Grab 1 tube of each color and place in rainbow order. Form the tubes into an arch to resemble a rainbow. Use a spatula or knife to cut the bottoms even. Repeat with remaining tubes.
And Voila! You have made lovely rainbow marzipan's to serve at any occasion and impress your friends!
Enjoy the following images from my trip to the marzipan museum in Germany.
And Yes, that is a marzipan Princess Diana!
Lauren @ CRFT CLUB