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SallyST

SallyST

Good morning. This Christmas I tried my hand again at making Delia's Cooked Marzipan. I convinced myself last year that I must have misread or made a mistake in the cooking process as to why the caster sugar hadn't dissolved. Giving the end result a 'grainy' even 'crunchy' texture and not smooth as I remember Marzipan to be. Could you please tell me what I have done wrong as I'd love to try it again for next year. Later, I read somewhere else that the use of a thermometer was necessary. But Delia's recipe didn't mention that .. only to whisk over a 'barely simmering' pot of water for 12 minutes. Can anyone help me??

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Lindsey, Food Editor

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Hello SallyST,

I’ve made this new Cake Book version

http://www.deliaonline.com/recipes/galleries/Christmas-recipe-gallery-cakes-and-toppings/almond-icing.html

of the recipe many times and it has always worked really well but it occurs to me that as this is half the quantities of the recipe in the original book, even though it’s whisked over heat for only 10 minutes, it probably does get hotter overall.

We don’t usually use sugar thermometers but certainly it sounds like your sugar hasn’t had enough heat.

Perhaps you could try this new version to see if it works better for you or if you want to stick with the original quantities I would use a really large heatproof bowl over a large saucepan of simmering water so the egg and sugar mixture is spread out over a large surface area and the heat distribution will be spread out.

I hope that helps,

Best wishes

Lindsey

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SallyST

Marzipan

Thanks so much Lindsey for your recent reply to my posting and thank you for the link. This is the actual recipe I used this year. Last year I used a slightly different version of Delia's. But still had the same problem. I used a largish pyrex bowl over a saucepan of simmering water as suggested but maybe you're right I should be using a bowl with a wider base not tapered as much. Thanks for the suggestion .. I will try this and let you know the result.
Cheers and wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a safe and healthy 2014.

 
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