How to Make Marzipan Leaves

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How to Make Marzipan Leaves

Marzipan is an almond-paste candy that is thick and easy to mould, making it perfect for creating realistic yet edible fruits, vegetables, flowers and any other shape you choose. You can create marzipan leaves to decorate cakes, cupcakes or other pastries, or just serve them on their own or give them as gifts. Green leaves are traditional, but you can also create an entire fall leaf motif by using other food colouring in shades of yellow, brown orange and even pink.

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Things you need

  • 227gr canned almond paste
  • Food colouring (green, yellow, brown, orange, pink)
  • 2 1/4 tsp light corn syrup
  • 2/3 cups sifted confectioners' sugar
  • Waxed paper
  • Rolling pin
  • Medium bowl
  • Airtight container
  • Cling film
  • Leaf-shaped canapé or cookie-cutter

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  1. 1

    Hand-knead almond paste in a medium bowl. Add corn syrup and knead it into the almond paste.

  2. 2

    Pour in sugar gradually, kneading all along.

  3. 3

    Cover with cling film and place the dough in an airtight container. Refrigerate for 2 hours.

  4. 4

    Knead in the green food colouring.

  5. 5

    Put the dough on top of a sheet of waxed paper. Use the rolling pin to roll the green dough out into a ½-inch-thick sheet.

  6. 6

    Cut the dough with the leaf-shaped canapé or cookie-cutter.

  7. 7

    Use a toothpick to draw the veins and indentations on the leaves. The marzipan leaves are now ready to decorate or serve.

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