Is Homemade Marzipan Significantly Better-Tasting Than Ready

Decorating By Rincewind Updated 31 Oct 2007 , 4:03am by mme

Rincewind Posted 29 Oct 2007 , 5:42pm
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-made marzipan that you can buy at the grocery store?

I made a little polar bear this weekend and let my kids have it today. I noticed most of the bear was still on their plates. I tasted a piece, and blergh! It had a sort of... musty? taste.

I like almonds a lot, so I thought I would love it. The package wasn't dated, but I just bought it a couple of weeks ago. It didn't look old.... Do you think we'll like homemade marzipan more?


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playingwithsugar Posted 29 Oct 2007 , 8:28pm
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Oh, gosh, yes, homemade marzipan is way better, but it is an awful lot of work. First you have to blanch, skin, then grind the almonds. Then you must make the almond paste, which is better if left to mature overnight. After that you must make the marzipan.

When you say you bought yours from the store, did you buy the one in the can or the one in the tube?

You might try buying plain almond paste, then mixing your own marzipan from there.

Here is a recipe from Emeril's. I like this one because it has no raw egg whites in it (some recipes call for raw egg whites).

If the flavor is still not strong enough for you, add a couple of drops of almond extract.

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Sparklepop Posted 29 Oct 2007 , 8:55pm
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Oh yes definitely make your own marzipan you can taste the almonds, packaged marzipan tastes horrible.

We get Almond Meal, which is ground almonds, saves a lot of work, that's what I used. Try it you will certainly notice a difference.

Rincewind Posted 30 Oct 2007 , 2:30am
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Thank you both so much! The kind I bought was in a tube. I'm definitely going to try making some myself. Thanks for the link, playingwithsugar; and I'm going to keep my eyes open for some almond meal, Sparklepop.

Thanks again- I feel so relieved!

paolacaracas Posted 30 Oct 2007 , 2:45am
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I Also make it my self, you can buy the almonds already peeled and bleached, also slivered almonds work better, live in the grinder for a long long time until they are grind very fine, if you can find the almond meal, better, but I cant find it here

SueW Posted 30 Oct 2007 , 3:00am
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I have tasted homemade (Toba's recipe) and it was SOOOOOO good. If you can definatley make your own, it is worth it icon_biggrin.gif

mkolmar Posted 30 Oct 2007 , 3:01am
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I second the recipe from Emeril! It's the one I use. I buy the Solo brand almond paste to make marzipan with. My MIL who was a baker in Poland couldn't believe that I made this fabulous marzipan with canned almond paste. She no longer goes through all of the hard work of making almond paste but just buys the Solo brand also. It's a lot less work and tastes really good.

lorrieg Posted 30 Oct 2007 , 6:19am
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Where can we buy Solo Almond Paste? I'll most likely have to mail order. Thanks.

playingwithsugar Posted 30 Oct 2007 , 8:59am
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Solo Almond Paste comes in small cans. In the supermarkets near me they display it on an upper shelf above the pie filling, but it will definitely be with the baking supplies.

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Gefion Posted 30 Oct 2007 , 9:26am
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Eggwhite in marzipan? Real marzipan is almonds ground with glucose or honey into a paste. Plain and simple, and sooo good. I can't imagine it being in a tube, ours comes in rolls and is firm.

playingwithsugar Posted 30 Oct 2007 , 9:30am
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That's why I steered her toward the Emeril's recipe.

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Rincewind Posted 30 Oct 2007 , 12:04pm
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Thanks everyone. I think I've seen all the ingredients I need (for the different recipes). I may even know where to get some almond meal. I saw some hazelnut flour at a store around here, so maybe they have almond meal as well. I can't wait to get started!

Edited to add: I see that Emeril's recipe calls for 4 tablespoons of corn syrup. Has anyone substituted honey for the corn syrup? That sounds delicious! Well, the recipe as is sounds really good.... Thanks again.

KathleenR Posted 30 Oct 2007 , 1:41pm
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lorrieg I see you're in Ottawa. I think that I have seen almond paste at Bulk Barn. I don't think it's the brand that was mentioned here, but you can try it, I think I will.

lorrieg Posted 30 Oct 2007 , 5:45pm
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Thanks KathleenR, I will next time I'm in the city, where are you? I'm in CP.

KathleenR Posted 31 Oct 2007 , 12:47am
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I'm in Markham now, but lived in south Ottawa for 2 1/2 years.

Rincewind Posted 31 Oct 2007 , 3:22am
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I made Emeril's recipe today and it was so much better than what I used over the weekend. Even my kids liked it! The texture was a lot better too. I think I'll try Toba Garrett's recipe within the next few weeks.

Thanks everyone!

bigmama1961 Posted 31 Oct 2007 , 3:37am
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could you give me the recipe to the marzipan. Thank you

Rincewind Posted 31 Oct 2007 , 3:45am
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bigmama1961- I can't remember if I can post an exact copy of someone's recipe without their permission- so I'm going to send it to you. I found it at Emeril's website (thanks playingwithsugar!).

mme Posted 31 Oct 2007 , 4:03am
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How do you go from having almond meal to making almond paste? The recipe sounds yummy - something I definitely want to try!

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