Winter is finally upon us, and few baking ingredients say ‘winter time’ more than marzipan. An integral part of traditional Christmas cakes, and of course the ever popular marzipan fruits that surface in the run up to the 25th of December, marzipan is incredibly versatile and should be incorporated into more cakes and bakes.
Although it’s possible to colour marzipan much as you would flower paste, it can be a little tricky to get right. Marzipan doesn’t respond that well to most types of food colouring, though pastes do work and don’t affect the consistency of the marzipan. However now you can try coloured Marzipan from Renshaw.
Why not create these gorgeous little marzipan snowflake biscuits, the perfect treat for those cold winter nights.
What You Need To Create Your Marzipan Biscuits
The biscuit recipe is nice and simple and requires just a few basic ingredients:
• 125g/4oz butter and margarine
• 55g/2oz caster sugar
• 180g/6oz plain flour
And for decorating you’ll need some marzipan in whatever colours you’d like plus:
• White flower paste
• 6cm circle cutter
• Snowflake cutter
• Apricot jam
Making Your Marzipan Biscuits
Start by making your biscuits. This shouldn’t present any problems even for novice bakers.
1. Preheat your oven to 190o Celsius
2. Take your butter and sugar and mix together in a mixing bowl until it is smooth. Then sift in the flour and combine gradually until you have a creamy paste.
3. Wrap your cake mix in cling film and put in the fridge. Allow it to cool for at least 30 minutes.
4. Once the dough has hardened remove the cling film and knead the dough until it’s pliable.
5. Lightly dust your work surface with icing sugar and roll out your dough.
6. Use your circle cutter to press out the desired number of biscuits, this quantity of dough should yield about 24 biscuits.
7. Grease and line a baking tray and bake your biscuits for about 12 minutes or until they are a light golden colour.
8. Remove from the oven and leave to cool on a wire rack before decorating.
The great thing about these marzipan biscuits is that the decorating is as easy as making the biscuits. Once your biscuits have cooled it’s time to get decorating.
1. Knead your marzipan to make it pliable then dust your work surface with icing sugar again to avoid it sticking and tearing as you work with it.
2. Roll out your marzipan to a depth of about 3mm.
3. Press out circles of marzipan using your circle cutter.
4. Fix the circles of marzipan to the biscuits by using a layer of apricot jam.
5. Knead your flower paste until pliable and again roll it out to about 2-3mm deep on a dusted surface.
6. Use your snowflake cutter to press out snowflakes and then fix to the marzipan using some cooled boiled water.
7. For an extra touch of wintery sparkle lightly dust your marzipan biscuits with an edible glimmer dust.
So if you want a tasty nibble to go with your coffee and tea this winter whip up a batch of these marzipan biscuits and enjoy!
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