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Monday, January 12, 2015

Marzipan Day

Today is marzipan day. Did you even know that sweet bakery art even had a day of its own?? Well I have long loved the work that is done with marzipan. My mother worked in a large bakery for several years starting work there after her children were grown. My children her grand-children loved for her to decorate their birthday cakes. She did an awesome job. Now my thought just turned to the thought that some of you may not know what marzipan is so may be this will help

Marzipan is a confection consisting primarily of sugar or honey and almond meal, sometimes augmented with almond oil or extract. It is often made into sweets; common uses are chocolate-covered marzipan and small marzipan imitations of fruits and vegetables. It is also rolled into thin sheets and glazed for icing cakes, primarily birthday, wedding cakes and Christmas cakes. This use is particularly common in England, on large fruitcakes. Marzipan (or almond paste) may also be used as a cake ingredient, as in stollen. In some countries, it is shaped into small figures of animals as a traditional treat for New Year's Day. Marzipan is also used in Tortell, and in some versions of king cake eaten during the Carnival season. Traditional Swedish Princess Cake is typically covered with a layer of marzipan that has been tinted pale green.[1]

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