Halloween yummy cuteness! Make your own marzipan delights
Ingredients to make your marzipan paste:
- 90g icing sugar
- 90g brown sugar
- 1 egg
- almond extract/essence
- 1 tsp brandy/whisky/rum
- 175g ground almonds
What you'll need to make your little spooky figurines:
- sugar pearls
- thin blade knife
- rolling pin
- food colouring (orange, green and black)
No flour was used in the making of our little marzipan creatures, so they are 100% gluten free!
How to make your marzipan paste
We love the flavour that the brown sugar gives to our marzipan, but it can give as well a very grainy texture. That's why we grind it first so it becomes more powdery. You can skip this step if you want or use caster sugar instead. Once your brown sugar is ready pour it into a saucepan, mix in the icing sugar and stir in the egg too. Cook at a low heat for 10 - 15 minutes or until everything is well combined and the mixture is a bit thick but still runny.
Remove the pot from the heat and keep stirring so it cools down a bit, for another 10 minutes or so. You can sink the pot in a bowl of cold water to help it cool faster. Then, add a few drops of almond extract and the brandy, whisky or rum, whichever flavour you prefer. Stir until combined.
Pour the ground almonds in a big bowl. When the sugar and egg mixture is ready, pour it over the almonds and knead till you have a uniform paste. If you find it too dry you can add a bit of water and if it's too sticky you can always add a little bit more icing sugar.
How to make your pumpkins
Take a piece of the marzipan paste and add the orange food coloring. Knead till the color is uniform across the whole piece. Separate a smaller piece of the orange marzipan to make your pumpkin. Roll it to make a ball. Press the top and bottom so it has a pumpkin shape. With the side of the toothpick press the sides of the ball forming the lines o the pumpkin. Use the tip of the toothpick to make the eyes and mouth.
Take another piece from the marzipan paste and add the green food coloring. Knead till is well combined and the color is uniform. Roll the piece till is flat. With the knife cut out leaves shapes and place them on top of the pumpkin you just made. You can use the toothpick to make the leaves lines the using the same technique we used to make the lines on the sides of the pumpkin. Roll some thin tubes and attach them close to the leaves, they'll be the vines. Make a thicker one to be the stem.
How to make your bats
Take a piece of the marzipan paste and add the black food coloring. Knead till the color is uniform across the whole piece. Separate a smaller piece and roll it in a ball shape, this will be the bat's body. Make two little balls for the feet and attach them to the bottom of the body. Make two more little balls for the ears. Flatten them and give them a triangular shape. Place them on top of the bat's body. For the wings roll out the marzipan and cut out the shape with a knife. Don't roll it too thin or the wings won't stay up! Lastly, take two sugar pearls and put them in the bats face as the eyes.
How to make the spiders
Take a piece of the marzipan paste and add the black food colouring. Knead till the color is uniform across the whole piece. Separate a smaller piece and roll it in a ball shape, this will be the spider's body. To make the legs take more black marzipan and roll it in a pipe shape, make four of these pipes. Make sure their length is double of the diameter of the body. Take two of the pipes and make a cross with them; do the same with the other two. Join the four pipes one of top of the other one and squeeze their centres till you have a star shape. Place the spider's body on top of the legs. Use two sugar pearls to make the eyes.