Marzipan is the most popular candy among Sephardic Jews. | SARA Sufrin | Marzipan - Masapan
Marzipan is the most popular candy among Sephardic Jews. | SARA Sufrin | Marzipan - Masapan
Recipe

Marzipan – Masapan

In Ladino culture marzipan is considered the king of sweets and for good reason, it is the star of celebrations, holidays and the circle of life

In the old days, a box of homemade marzipan was something that used to be given as a hostess gift. At family events, marzipan was served alongside confitis (almonds coated in colorful candy shells). A woman in labor was slathered with marzipan, because it was believed to increase breast milk production, and the baby was made a chupon (pacifier) ​​from a piece of marzipan wrapped in a piece of thin cotton cloth.

There are two methods for making marzipan, one is cooked, in which it is necessary to cook the sugar and water to a certain thickness, tested with the help of two fingers dipped in sugar – what we call al punto, meaning: on the minute – and only then add the ground almonds.

The second method is cold, in which all the ingredients are ground together.

I prefer the cold one, which is simpler to prepare, and in my opinion does not suffer any reduction in flavor when compared to the cooked one.

Passing on the marzipan legacy to my grandson, Ido Sofrin. Sara Sufrin – Marzapan/Masapan
Passing on the marzipan legacy to my grandson, Ido Sufrin. Sara Sufrin – Marzapan/Masapan
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My grandson, Ido, writes down the marzipan recipe. Sara Sufrin – marzipan/masapan

Ingredients for Marzipan – Masapan

  • 10.6 oz (300 grams) almonds
  • 2½ cups (300 grams) confectioner's sugar
  • 3 almonds bitter (or the contents of apricot pits collected in season)
  • 5 drops almond extract good quality
  • 5 drops rosewater good quality

Instructions

  • 1. Soak the almonds in boiling water for about fifteen minutes, until they can be peeled. Dry well with a towel and rub the almonds inside the towel - the skin will come off easily.

  • 2. Transfer the almonds with the rest of the ingredients to a food processor and grind to a fine crumbly texture, that can be easily shaped by hand. If the mixture is too dry, you can add a tablespoon of water.

  • 3. Knead the mixture well into a smooth dough and form into a ball.

  • 4. Make logs about 1¼ inch (three centimeters) in diameter, lightly flatten and cut into pieces of the desired size.

  • 5. Sprinkle with confectioner's sugar. Happy New Year!

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