Mulberry Marzipan Candies

We finally have a wedding in our little family and I couldn't be happier. This wedding is very special to all of us; my niece is the bride; if you're an aunt you know how I feel. I'm totally crazy about her and so excited, happy, and overjoyed. The wedding is taking place in Italy, so that means my family have to get a travel visa to Italy and we all are so worried about my nephew and my brother not being able to get visas because lets face it being a male from Middle East specially Iran has it's disadvantages. Meanwhile, we're getting ready with all the preparations buying Sofreh Aghd stuff , a traditional Persian Wedding Spread

We (mom, her and I) all share a bond and a passion for delicious food and pastries. So you can imagine our excitement when she asked us to bake for her wedding.  We're having a blast deciding on what to bake; we want to bake pastries that are both traditional and tasty specially to non-Iranians.

Since Marzipan is widely used in pastries and cakes in Europe, we thought the guests would like these little marzipan candies with rose water aroma.  These no baked, bite size marzipan candies are the perfect pastries for a wedding or any gathering that you have.

You can have so much fun with these candies, use any flavor, any shape, or even any color that you want.

Mulberry Marzipan Candies

Yields: 20-30 candies

ingredients:

  • 100g almond powdered
  • 100g powdered sugar
  • 1/3 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon rose water
  • 1-2 tablespoon syrup: to make the syrup use 1 cup sugar & 1 cup water, mix together and bring to a boil. Let it boil until it reaches 210°F. Remove from the heat and let cool
  • 1 teaspoon of light corn syrup
  • A small bowl of sanding sugar
  • Pistachio or Almond slivers for stems

Process:

  1. Using a food processor, pulse together the almond powdered with powdered sugar until it's well mixed. While the food processor is running add rose water and 1 tablespoon of syrup and corn syrup, pulse until you have a soft dough that is completely moist and pliable .
  2. Divide the dough into 3 equal parts, add few drops of red or green, or whatever color you prefer, and mix it with your hands until the color is well absorbed.
  3. Grab a small pea size of the dough, shape it like a mulberry with your hands, roll it in sanding sugar, stick a sliver of pistachios or almonds and place it in the serving dish.
  4. Repeat the process until you're done with the dough.
  5. Keep Tut in a air tight container, as they dry out very quickly.