Made by mixing sugar and ground almonds together, marzipan only tends to come out for holidays and celebrations. It's most well known for being the layer between cake and icing on wedding and Christmas cakes. It is very widely used throughout Europe and Asia, it doesn't appear as often in modern British baking, but it always makes an appearance during Easter and Christmas. I suspect a lot of you have leftover marzipan after making Simnel or Christmas cakes! Leftover marzipan can be used in one of the selection of recipes below...
What is marzipan?
Marzipan is a sweet treat made with ground almonds, icing sugar and/or honey, and sometimes egg whites and almond extract. It has a paste like texture that can be moulded into a dough that performs in a similar way to fondant or sugarpaste. It can be used in many ways, but is primarily used for desserts.
How should you store leftover marzipan?
Marzipan will harden after prolonged exposure to air, so wrap it tightly in cling film, or place in a ziploc bag. You can then also store it in tupperware for extra protection. It does not need to be put in the fridge, and can be stored in a cool place. You can however freeze it if needed. Homemade marzipan will last for around 6 weeks, whereas store bought can last for 2-3 months.