One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A sweet, yellowish paste of ground almonds, sugar, and egg whites, often colored and used to make small cakes or confections or as an icing for larger cakes.Also called almond paste
- ‘In the larder stood a huge Christmas cake covered with marzipan and thick white icing, which Beth had baked several months ago.’
- ‘When baked between layers of aromatic almond marzipan, I can't imagine a better summertime dessert.’
- ‘They make a little mousse then they make the child's name from the thinnest layer of marzipan.’
- ‘I have a particularly uncontrollable weakness for marzipan which made these desserts my favourite.’
- ‘Anyway, it turns out that underneath the marzipan and icing sugar of his gorgeous first birthday cake there lies a fine old-fashioned Dundee cake, perfect for dunking.’
- ‘Elaborate use of food-colouring, marzipan, other decorative edibles and props meant that every cake was both memorable and intensely personal.’
- ‘It is distinguished by the use of marzipan or almond paste.’
- ‘A Simnel cake is a rich fruitcake baked with a layer of marzipan in the middle and topped with a layer of marzipan as well.’
- ‘I ate so many dates stuffed with almonds or marzipan, I felt I was going to turn into one.’
- ‘But more to the point, almonds mean marzipan, which also originated in the Orient.’
- ‘Cakes and desserts made of fruits and marzipan, a sweet almond paste, are sold in pastry shops and on the streets.’
- ‘It makes icings, marzipan and nut products, which it supplies to caterers and supermarkets.’
- ‘The dessert course of fruits, figs, almonds, fritters and marzipan was often eaten in a separate banqueting room or house built for the purpose so that the Great Hall could be cleared.’
- ‘They are also asking for 15 kg of marzipan, 15 kg of fondant icing and 800 paper napkins.’
- ‘One factory, which produced machines for making waffles and marzipan before the war, had been entirely converted to munitions.’
- ‘Add water to mixture in the processor, one tablespoon at a time, until the paste has the consistency of marzipan.’
- ‘Even if you cannot bear the thought of messing around with marzipan and icing you will probably enjoy making the cake itself.’
- ‘The French prepare marzipan by combining ground almonds with sugar syrup boiled to the soft ball stage.’
- ‘In a small bowl, knead the remaining almonds, marzipan, and lime zest and juice until well-combined.’
- ‘Bakery windows were crammed with marzipan pumpkins and spidery confections.’
- 1.1 A confection or cake made of or based on marzipan.
- ‘That includes the ever-popular plum cake, plum pudding and Yule log, marzipans glittering with a coat of sugar, and delightful creations such as nougat, truffle and gateaux.’
- ‘Their famous Champagne Truffles, pralines and marzipans are hand-made and flown in weekly from Switzerland.’
- ‘Do not omit to taste the traditional skopelitians flavours such as the cheese pie and the delicious marzipans.’
- ‘It was clear that the merry season of Yule logs, plum pudding, fruitcakes, marzipans, macaroons and roast turkey had not yet come to a close.’
Late 15th century (as marchpane): from Italian marzapane, perhaps from Arabic. The form marchpane (influenced by March and obsolete pain ‘bread’) was more usual until the late 19th century, when marzipan (influenced by German Marzipan) displaced it.
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