Growing up I ate a lot of marzipan. I remember it was sold in a six inch by 2 inch rectangle and my sisters and I would cut about half inch at a time and enjoyed every bite. Marzipan is a sweet and delicious almond paste and just the smell of it brings back great memories. Not only about those great times growing up, but also the taste of Spain. We visited Spain a few years ago. I was so excited to finally get marzipan from one of its authentic locations. We got some delicious marzipan in Barcelona at La Boqueria market off of La Rambla. My daughter selected a small variety and I was very pleased that she liked the flavor. You see, of course she was going to like. The pieces she selected had bright colors and shaped like fruit. The trip was filled with great flavors and amazing memories.
While at the World Market I found some authentic marzipan and decided to get it to make a simple desert. This is an easy recipe that is so delicious, rich, luscious, succulent and sweet!
Marzipan braid ingredients and how to:
- 1 small egg
- 1 tablespoon of water
- marzipan for baking – I found it at the World Market
- 1/4 cup of sugar
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract – I used organic Bourbon Madagascar
- 1/2 tsp of almond extract – this will give that extra
- 1 sheet of pastry puff
- chopped almonds for the top
Make the filling by combining the marzipan, sugar, vanilla and almond extract in the food processor.
First, flatten the sheet of pastry puff and cut the sides about 1 inch apart leaving about 2 to 3 inches in the center for the filling. Cut the last 1 1/2 inch on both sides. Then fill the center with the marzipan filling. Below is a picture on how it looks like.
Make the braid by alternating the sides and bringing them to the opposite side. Brush the egg wash on the top and finish with some chopped almonds.
Put in the oven at 400 F for 10 minutes, then lower the temperature to 375 F and continue to bake for another 15 minutes or until golden brown.
I hope you like it as much as I do, certainly delicious and rich flavors!