Marzipan

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A food presentation material, semi-firm in texture, that is made of finely ground almonds or almond paste, sugar, and egg whites. Light tan in color, Marzipan is typically colored with a food coloring and then hand molded into decorative shapes to be used as an ornamental shape, such as a letter, a heart, or something symbolic of the celebration that can be used to decorate cakes and pastries. To create the shapes desired, the Marzipan paste is rolled back and forth with a rolling pin or hand kneaded to soften the texture of the paste, making it workable for shaping the various decorative symbols.

The Marzipan may harden after being exposed to air. Therefore, keep all unused Marzipan in an airtight container. If the Marzipan becomes unworkable, place the amount that is to be formed into shapes in the microwave for a minute or slightly longer. Adding water also helps to soften the Marzipan to make it more workable to be hand kneaded or rolled with a rolling pin.

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