The ultimate Christmas Treat – Homemade Marzipan 完璧なクリスマスお菓子:手作りマジパン

ESwedes are really into marzipan and many people eat it for Christmas. As far as I know, you can’t find marzipan in the stores in either UK or Japan, only in Germany and Austria and countries close to them. How about USA? Anyhow, it’s such a delicious type of candy and you can use it for many purposes. As a lid on a cake, as stuffing in cinnamon rolls. Or, if you find a really good one with high almond content its amazing to eat as it is. But what many people don’t know is that it’s super easy to make high quality marzipan by yourself. In contrast to the store bought the one you make on your own doesn’t taste of preservatives or chemically produced bitter almond flavours. Also, the one you buy tend to contain loads of sugar since almonds are quite expensive. All in all, the one you make yourself has a much better taste and is easy to make – no reason not to really!
スウェーデン人はマジパンがとても好き、得にクリスマスみんなが食べる。私の知る限りではイギリスや日本にマジパンがない。ドイツとオーストリアならあるけど、ほかに国は?アメリカとか?とにかく、このお菓子超美味しくて色々なものに使える。ケーキの蓋としてかまたはケーキの中で詰め物として。でも、たくさん人が知らないのは自分でうまいマジパンが簡単に作れる。店で買う製品に対し、手作りのマジパンは防腐剤や人工調味料の味がしない。しかも、アーモンドのほうは砂糖より高いため、買うマジパンに砂糖量が高いはずだ。ということは、もっと美味しいし、簡単に作れるし、自分でマジパンを作らないわけない!
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Although marzipan traditionally is made from only almonds and no other nuts, it’s no problem to add other versions. I threw in a bunch of pecans with mine, to give a special flavour. I’m sure you can use walnuts, hazelnuts and any kind you want really.
伝統的にマジパンはほかのナッツの種類じゃなくて、アーモンドだで作られる。でも、実際に何のナッツを使ってもオッケー。今回、私はアーモンド以外ピーカンも使った。きっと、胡桃やハシバミナッツでも使えるだろう。

For 60 pralines you will need:
– 300 grams of almonds (or something like 200 grams of almonds + other nut of your choice)
– 200 grams of icing sugar
– 1-2 egg whites
And now if you want to eat the marzipan like it is, than that’s it. For example colouring it and making figures and fruits (like they do in Germany). Or you add 100 grams of dark good quality chocolate and some almonds for decoration!

60個のプラリネの材料:
・アーモンドを300グラム(か200グラムのアーモンドと100グラムほかの好きなナッツ)
・200グラム粉砂糖
・1か2卵白
で、マジパンからプラリネを作りたい場合、100グラムのチョコレートとデコレーションに使うナッツが必要。でも、もちろんマジパンをそのままでも食べられる。それかまたはドイツのように色を付けて果物の形のお菓子を作ることも出来る!
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Start off by removing the skin of the almonds. This is done by putting the almonds in a saucepan, cover with water and bring to a boil. Then you can easily peel them. Dry with a towel. Then grind all the nuts.
まずはアーモンドの皮をむいて。皮をむくため、アーモンドをソースパンに置いて、水をひたひたになるくらいまで加えて、煮立つ。その後は皮を簡単にむける。アーモンドをタオルで乾かす。アーモンドとナッツを砕く。
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Mix nuts and icing sugar. 砕いたナッツと砂糖を混ぜる。
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Now grind the nut/sugar mix again! そしてナッツと砂糖のミックスをもう一回砕く!
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Put the mix in a food processor. Add 1 egg white. Wait with adding the last one (or half of it) until you know for sure that you need it.
フーヅプロセッサにミックスを入れる。卵白を1つ加える。2個目の卵白を入れるは必要かどうかを分かるまで入れない。
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Mix for some minutes until the marzipan gets the right texture. It should be like modelling clay really. You should be able to shape it without getting a lot stuck to your hands. If it’s too sticky, add some more icing sugar.
プロセッサで3分間ぐらい粘土みたいな質感になるまで混ぜる。手につかず、形を作られるような感じで。粘つきすぎれば、砂糖をもっと加える。
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Now shape the marzipan the way you want to. I made little balls, since it’s easiest. As “flour” use icing sugar when shaping.
マジパンを好きな形にする。私は小さいボールにした。簡単だから。形を作る時、手につかないフラワーとして砂糖を使う。
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And if you want to, melt the chocolate either in a micro wave oven or using the bain marie method.
で、プラリネにしたい場合、電子レンジか二重鍋でチョコレートを溶かす。
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マジパンをチョコレートに浸して、ナッツでデコレートする。E E
Let the pralines rest in a cool place (but not the fridge! Never put chocolate in the fridge!!), until the chocolate has stiffened. And you’re done! These treats are perfect give away candies and one of these + a cup of good coffee can make your day =)
プラリネを冷たいところで(冷蔵庫じゃなくて!チョコレートを冷蔵庫に入れるは絶対だめ!)チョコレートが硬くなるまで置く。それで出来た!このお菓子は可愛いからプレゼントにもなれる。で、うまいコーヒーを一杯と一緒に最高の組み合わせだ:)
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7 thoughts on “The ultimate Christmas Treat – Homemade Marzipan 完璧なクリスマスお菓子:手作りマジパン

  1. Toronto has people from almost every nationality. Nearby is a Danish Pastry shop, so today we tried marzipan for the first time. It was very good. Thank you for showing it on your blog! (And, I also asked my mom if I could find it in one of the local Greek pastry shops. She says she hasn’t seen it, but has heard of people making something similar at home.)

    1. Oh that’s nice, I’m happy you liked it! The Danes are the best when it comes to making many sweets and pastries. If you would happen to visit Copenhagen some day I would recommend you to visit the Summerbird shop. That brand has the most delicious marzipan imaginable. Also, in Denmark they make a special kind of cookie called Kransekager which is sort of like baked marzipan – also very tasty! Maybe your local shop has that too =)

      It’s interesting to hear though that after all Marzipan is only traditionally eaten in European countries. It’s not until in recent years that I’ve realized that it’s not a global phenomena (it’s so good so it ought to be everywhere I thought =) ). But it’s really nice that you can get it at your local Danish baker. I wonder what Canadian cookies I’m missing out on here in Sweden…

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