Made from a finely ground almond paste, marzipan is popular in Europe, especially around Christmas and Easter, when it is colored and formed into fanciful shapes.
1 cup blanched almonds
2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 large egg whites
- Process almonds in a food processor until it forms a paste. Combine with powdered sugar and almond extract; stirring well.
- Stir in egg whites, one at a time, until mixture is moist; blending thoroughly after each addition.
- Transfer to a surface dusted with powdered sugar and knead until smooth and pliable. Shape into fruit or other favorite shapes. Serve immediately or store in airtight containers.
Makes about 3 cups marzipan.