Mazapan (Marzipan)

MAZAPAN

Basic ingredients: 6 cups whole almonds, blanched and ground4 cups sugar2 cup water4 egg whites, lightly beaten5-6 tbsp powdered sugar2 tsp vanillaPreparation:Heat the water and sugar in a saucepan, let dissolve the sugar.Let boil the liquid mixture without stirring until the temperature reaches 230º or 240º F, measure the temperature with a candy thermometer.Remove from heat and beat until mixture turns slightly cloudy.Once make that, add the ground almonds, the vanilla and the eggs, and Cook over low heat for approximately 5 minutes or until mixture pulls away from sides of saucepanTurn the mixture onto a surface or table that previously has been sprinkled with some of the powdered sugar.Knead the mixture until smooth. Pull off pieces and roll into balls. Wrap in foil or wax paper and store in airtight container.Make figures with different shapes, you can tint the dough using vegetable dye.Remember that a medium egg white contains about 16 to 20 calories. The exact amount of calories in an egg white depends on the size of the egg and the cooking method. 

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