Do you like Christmas marzipan and follow a vegan lifestyle? We propose a wonderful Christmas recipe ideal for easy preparation at home.
Marzipan is almost with total probability, one of the most traditional and popular sweets of the Christmas parties. It basically consists of a delicious sweet whose main ingredients are ground almonds and sugar.
We are faced with a typical Christmas sweet that is very characteristic of these popular festivities, highlighting above all its importance in Spain, where it apparently originates from.
In fact, according to evidence, it seems that marzipan was originally introduced to Europe through the Muslim invasion of the Iberian Peninsula in the 8th century. Although some historians consider that it could also have been introduced through crusaders and pilgrims.
However, many believe that marzipan may have been originally invented in the convent of San Clemente de Toledo back in 1212, after the battle of Las Navas de Tolosa.
Although it is a typical sweet whose basic ingredients are ground almonds and sugar, it is also made with other ingredients, such as the case of eggs. This can be a problem for people who are allergic to eggs, or who are simply vegan and do not want to eat foods of animal origin or origin.
For these cases we propose a delicious option to prepare vegan marzipan, ideal so that at Christmas you do not stay without trying this typical Christmas sweet, if in addition to liking sweets you are vegan. Do you dare to prepare it with us?
Vegan marzipan recipe
- 250 gr of raw almonds (peeled and ground)
- 120 g of icing sugar
- 1 lemon
- 40 ml of water
How to make vegan marzipan:
- Put the 40 ml of water and the icing sugar in a saucepan, and over low heat let the sugar dissolve little by little until it forms a syrup.
- Meanwhile, squeeze a lemon to obtain its juice and carefully grate its peel. Reserve them.
- Once the syrup is formed, remove the saucepan from the heat and add the ground almonds (remember that it is very important that the almonds are peeled and raw).
- Also add a teaspoon of lemon zest and a tablespoon of previously strained lemon juice.
- Mix everything very well until a homogeneous mass is formed. Then let it cool down for a few hours.
- Now it is time to shape the marzipan. To do this, helping yourself with a spoon, take small portions of marzipan and then mold with your hands, giving the figures the shapes you like best.
- Line a baking tray with parchment paper (ideal for the oven), and place the marzipan figures carefully.
- Put a little water in a glass and a little sugar, and with the help of a brush, varnish the marzipan figures a little on top. This way they will acquire their particular -and wonderful- toasted color.
- Bake at 180ºC for 8 minutes.
- After this time, remove from the oven and let them cool down a bit.
- Ready! to enjoy them