Marzipan is a traditional Christmas dessert with almonds and sugar as main ingredients. It is a candy made of almonds and sugar crushed with a hammer, hence the name in Spanish (maza and pan Directly Marzipan).
In Toledo you can find marzipan all year round, despite the widespread tradition in the rest of Spain to eat it at Christmas.
How to make marzipan figurines:
- Pour the water and sugar into a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat for about 4-5 minutes so that the sugar melts and the resulting syrup is clear. If you like, you can also add a few drops of bitter almond essence.
- Then add the ground almonds and stir constantly until a thick dough forms. Cook it well until it comes off the sides of the pan; pour into a bowl and let cool. Put it in the fridge for 1 hour to make it easier to knead.
- After an hour, the dough for your figuritas de mazapán will look thick and slightly gritty. To knead it well, take small pieces of dough, wet your hands with water each time and shape the figures. You can give them the shape you like best. For example, with a knife you can make three marks on each marzipan figure.
- When you have all the figuritas de mazapán ready, paint them only on the top with a brush dipped in beaten egg yolk.
- With the oven preheated to 210ºC, place your figuritas de mazapán on the grill attached to the top of the oven. They only need a few minutes; so take them out as soon as you see that they are roasted. Let them cool and enjoy this traditional candy.