For full disclosure, marzipan has never been my favorite sweet, maybe because they are almost too beautiful too eat. Look at the photos of Wendy’s marzipan, they look real! I want to decorate my Christmas tree with them. Wendy’s creations have graced the pages of Martha Stewart Weddings magazine as illustrated here.
The original recipe may have be been almonds and honey that is ground with pestle and mortar and then sprinkled with rose water. Now that sounds divine! It reminds me of my products with the sweet almond oil and roses.
I was introduced to marzipan while living in Spain, where some say marzipan originated under the Arab influence in the early 900s. However, in my research there appears to be controversy of the actual origin. Some say Persia and others claim China. I tend to believe Spain, as they grow prolifically there. What I did not know is the amount of almond paste that is required for the marzipan and that it is actually regulated. In Toledo, Spain the almond content must be a minimum of 50% of the total weight. Maybe this will be my favorite sweet after all!
All of Wendy’s confections are a work of art! And don’t forget to mark your calendars, she will be in the studio on December 1.