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Festive Recipes: Easy marzipan


Festive Recipes: Easy marzipan

Festive Recipes: Easy marzipan 1024 768 Lindsay Becker

It’s a time to show off your culinary skills with our festive recipes…

Easy marzipan

Whether it’s to cover your Christmas cake or to create some decorative sweets, it is easy to make your own marzipan.


  • 90g icing sugar, plus extra for dusting
  • 90g golden caster sugar
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • Pure almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon brandy
  • 175g ground almonds
  • Icing sugar (to knead and roll)


  • Sift the icing sugar and caster sugar into a large bowl, then stir in the beaten egg.
  • Place the bowl over a pan of simmering water and whisk for 10 minutes, until the mixture is thick and fluffy.
  • Remove the bowl from the heat and sit the base in 5cm of cold water. Whisk in the almond extract and brandy and continue to whisk until the mixture is cool.
  • Stir in the ground almonds and knead  on a surface lightly dusted with icing sugar, forming a firm paste.
  • Roll out the amount needed on a clean surface dusted with icing sugar. You can now either use this to top your cake, or place in moulds to create marzipan sweets in various festive shapes.

Lindsay Becker

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