Marzipan is a confection made from a mixture of finely chopped almond flour with the addition of powdered sugar or a sugar syrup. In some cases, referred to as marzipan mass of other types of nuts. Furthermore, the name "marzipan" given food cooked on the basis of the delicacy. Thus, in our country are very popular rolls - "marzipan" with the content of peanuts.
History does not come from a popular delicacy, but a number of countries, including Estonia, France, Italy and Germany are fighting for the right to wear the proud title of homeland marzipan. However, on the basis of the name, which literally translates from the Italian as "the bread of March", it is likely that Italy holds the palm.
One version of the invention, sweets more than prosaic: blame served hunger. During the period when the wheat was deficient, and almonds was in excess, bread and other food products made from it. In another version of the marzipan prepared as a cure for mental illnesses, mood disorders, spleen and apathy, because it was thought that the sweetness has a beneficial effect on the nervous system.
The composition of the marzipan are just three ingredients - a sugar (and variations based on it - powdered sugar, syrup, a sweetener), sweet and bitter almonds types. The recipe involves some changes: for example, instead of bitter almonds are allowed to add essences, almond liqueur or oil of bitter almonds. Sometimes it even expelled from the recipe.
Marzipan mass is so widely used today to decorate cakes and pastries, has no specific taste of the marzipan.
As additional ingredients, manufacturers often add:
- Various flavors, including cocoa, orange peel, various liqueurs, spices, rose water, etc .;
- Natural or artificial coloring.
Different methods of preparation, and also goodies from almonds. Generally, there are three main ones:
- Cold method on egg involves grinding of the ingredients in their subsequent mixing. Instead of sugar, use powdered sugar;
- The cold method without eggs;
- Hot method differs from the preceding in that instead of sugar powdered sugar syrup is used.
Today, a variety of varieties of marzipan almost beyond calculation. It is believed that the species goodies not less than 500 species. The title of the capital of marzipan earning it the German city of Luebeck, where marzipan is prepared according to old recipes contained in strict confidence. The city is also based and one of the largest and most popular museums marzipan.
Useful properties and caloric marzipan
Delicacy based on almonds - a product of extremely high-calorie. Caloric marzipan is 479 Kcal per 100 g of product, which consist of proteins in an amount of 6, 8 g; fat - 21, and 2 g of carbohydrate - 65, 3 g
Certainly, marzipan - the product is not a diet. The use of even 100 g daily significantly affect the overall caloric foods eaten per day. The combination of large amounts of fats and carbohydrates in a product capable of a very negative effect on the figure and it is not recommended to use those who hold diet.
Due to the fact that there is practically only marzipan almond delicacy is rich in vitamin E, which contains an abundance of this nut. Vitamin, in turn, is a powerful antioxidant, to participate actively in the fight against stress and emotional strain. In addition, Vitamin E helps protect the cells of our body against pathogenic external factors and prevents change, caused by various diseases.