Recently, a friend called me in despair because she couldn’t get her cookie recipe right. I asked about her ingredient list and she told me she had used Marzipan as the recipe had called for Almond Paste. Mystery solved! Though they are both made from almonds, they are DEFINITELY not interchangeable.
Almond Paste is made (check the label) from almonds (first on the label if it’s a decent almond paste) and some sugar or sugar product and cooked till creamy then canned. Marzipan is value added almond paste – the added value being more sugar. It’s stiffer, and much sweeter, and used more to decorate and make candy rather than in baked goods. So there you have it – if you love almonds (and dessert), try some recipes with either of these two ingredients! Lula’s for Lunch…and More! Catering wishes for you a VERY satisfied sweet tooth!