Christmas is for us a Marzipan time.....well...we enjoy eating marzipan every time of the year, but in Christmas it is present in almost every recipe along with cranberries and pistachio.
With this recipe I participate in the Concurso de Recetas Navideñas Santa Teresa-Lazy Blog
Marzipan Filled with Cranberries and Pistachio covered with Chocolate and Silver (for 12 pieces)
115 grams of almond (very grinded, but not flour)
60 ml of water
40 grams of sugar
Few drops of lemon juice
Few drops of your favourite liquor (whisky, amaretto, cointreau....)
Cranberries and Pistachio (chopped)
Silver leaves (edible 0.999 Silver)
In a pot, mix water, sugar and few drops of lemon juice. Let it boil. Once the liquid has been reduced (about 30-40 % of reduction), add few drops of your favourite liquor. Incorporate the grinded almond in a "rainy" motion, and stir it well. The mixture has to be sticky, but able to work with your hands. The mix has to become off of the sides of the pan. You will end up with a density as it is shown in the following pictures:
Let it cool to avoid burns. You will need to work this dough with your hands.
First make a ball, then make a flat circle with this dough. The almond dough has to be dense, but not sticky to your hands.
Place this almond paste circle over a plate, and fill it with chopped cranberries and pistachios.
Make a ball, then flatten it in a cigar shape....
Make transversal cuts, and shape them in balls covering the cranberries and pistachios. Let them rest in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
Cover them with edible silver leaves......
Or with black chocolate......
You can dip every marzipan filled in melt chocolate. To melt the chocolate, I use a double boiler. Dip the marzipan filled, flip them with two forks in the chocolate, remove them, and place them over a tray with aluminum foil. Place them in the freezer for five minutes, take them out of the aluminum foil and serve on a tray.
From left to right...
1) Marzipan filled with pistachio and cranberries covered with edible silver leaves
2) Marzipan filled with pistachio and cranberries covered with chocolate
3) Marzipan filled with pistachio and cranberries without cover
You can make your own fillings, and play with your own covers.....