[Sca-cooks] Marzipan question

Susan Lin susanrlin at gmail.com
Mon Dec 21 09:10:39 PST 2009

Gwen Cat -

I'm not sure about the heat thing - I'm always cold and we have a granite
countertop that keeps things cool, but as for coloring - I usually put my
marzipan in a zippy bag and add the color and mush it in that - keeps my
hands cleaner and doesn't make quite the mess I usually have when coloring
things.  Or, I'll make my figures (usually fruit) and then use luster dust
to "paint" them.  I can get the colors pretty realistic that way.

Good luck - will we see some of your creations at 12th Night?


On Mon, Dec 21, 2009 at 10:05 AM, Cat . <tgrcat2001 at yahoo.com> wrote:

> Greetings the list,
> I thought I had seen this discussed recently, but searching the archive did
> not find the discussion.
> I purchased a tin of almond paste from NutsOnline (thank you it arrived
> slow but in good shape) and last night mom and I went to turn some of it
> into marzipan.  It very quickly turned oily in my hands.  I was adding
> powdered sugar and a little rosewater.  I was only kneading it by hand, not
> using any machinery, and I dont think my hands were that hot, though I do
> run warm.
> So question, I assume it is still usable, but how do I keep it from doing
> it in the future.  Also, what is my best way to 'paint' or color my finished
> pieces?  I made marzipan kartoffeln for my folks, but those are so very late
> period (or not at all, as you prefer) and besides the cocoa powder does tend
> to get all over anything else in the box, so I think fruit would be better.
> In Curiosity and Almond-yumminess
> Gwen Cat
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