Marzipan is made up of sugar or honey and almond meal, oil or extract Often made into sweets such as chocolate covered and imitations of fruits and vegetables It is often rolled into thin sheets and glazed for icing cakes. Primary uses include birthday, wedding and Christmas cakes. Marzipan a.k.a almond paste may also be used as a cake ingredient. Around the world Marzipan has many different uses
Marzipan sweets in the form of fruits and vegetables is often commonly found in Sicily Italy They are known as Frutta Martorana In Portugal the nuns make the fruit shaped Marzipan. Spain takes Marzipan even further and creates small animals and other items out of Marzipan
This beehive is traditional Polish as it stays white. If you are looking for a great introduction to making marzipan then you will also want to visit the blog A Canadian Foodie and read this post
Belgium and Germany often give marzipan trips at Christmas time. In Norway eating marzipan pigs is traditional at Christmas Time.
In Latin America you may find Marzipan made up of peanuts rather than almonds. In Asia it is common to find Marzipan made up of cashews rather than almonds
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