Colorful marzipan fruits

Yield: 24 Candies

Measure Ingredient
16 ounces Almond paste
2 \N Egg whites
½ teaspoon Extract, almond
4 cups Sugar, powdered
\N \N Cloves, whole
\N \N Egg whites
\N \N Food coloring, paste
\N \N Kirsch; or vodka
½ cup Water
¼ cup Syrup, corn, light
\N \N Sugar, red




There are 4 steps to making colorful marzipan fruits: making basic marzipan, shaping fruits, coloring fruits; glazing fruits. MAKE THE BASIC MARZIPAN. Break up almond paste in large bowl. Add egg whites and almond extract and mix thoroughly. Add sugar 1 cup at a time, kneading well after each addition; add enough sugar to make a solid, heavy dough. (The mixture is quite sticky and hard to handle at first, but as you add sugar, it dries and becomes workable.) At this point you may store the dough for up to 7 days by wrapping in plastic and storing in plastic bag in fridge. Bring to room temp and knead again before using. SHAPE MARZIPAN FRUITS: break off 1" balls of marzipan and shape to look like lemons, oranges, apples, pears, and strawberries. too much while you are shaping balls, chill briefly in fridge. Shaping tips: Lemons and oranges: roll on fine grated to create pebbly texture; insert cloves, star-shaped ends up, for stem ends. Apples: indent tops, insert cloves pointed ends up to represent stems. Pears: insert cloves pointed ends up for stems. Strawberries: shape little flat marzipan stars to make caps; attach caps with cloves and a dab of egg white. COLOR FRUITS: Use small, soft paintbrush and paste food coloring diluted with a little kirsch. Mix colors (a gem muffin pan makes a good palette) and paint each fruit completely. Don't forget to pain the strawberry caps green. Place painted fruits on wire rack to dry overnight; turn occasionally so they dry evenly. GLAZE FRUITS: in small saucepan, sitr together water and corn syrup to make glaze. Bring to boil, remove from heal, and allow to cool until just warm. Brush warm glaze on red part of each strawberry; sprinkle with red sugar and place on wire rack to dry overnight. Brush warm glaze on each fruit and let dry overnight on wire rack. When glaze is dry on strawberries, paint glaze on strawberry caps and let dry overnight. Put marzipan fruits in paper candy cups and store in airtight container. Brightly colored marzipan fruits are so festive and pretty, somehow they suit the holiday perfectly.

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