Pastry chefs all over the world use it to cover and fill cakes, or they bake it into the filling of an endless number of treats. Marzipan still tastes the most delicious to me on its own. Well, maybe not entirely on its own, but definitely after it’s dipped in a little Swiss chocolate. With its distinct amaretto flavor and chewy texture you will be sure to impress when you offer your Valentine this divine little truffle shaped treat. Almond flour mixed with sugar seems so simple but it is an amazingly delicious combination. Though I always make my own almond paste, for time’s sake I will post about that later. For now the store bought paste will do and is a bit easier for your first attempt at this decadent dessert. Nothing says “I love You,” more simply then producing a homemade treat for your special someone.
Chocolate Dipped Marzipan Balls
1 cup almond paste
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla paste
1/4 cup rice syrup
Knead almond paste to soften and then pinch into little pieces in a large mixing bowl. Add in 1 cup of sugar and knead together until mixture resembles a coarse meal. Add in rice syrup and vanilla. Knead together to form dough and add in the rest of the powdered sugar. Keep kneading until marzipan feels like a heavy pie dough. Wrap in plastic and place in sealed container in the fridge. After dough rests about 1 hour remove and begin rolling 1/2 inch pieces into little balls. Set on parchment paper and begin to melt chocolate for dipping.
Break apart and melt 3 4oz Swiss chocolate bars in a glass bowl in the microwave. I use 30 second intervals and stir in between until the chocolate bars are just melted. You need to be careful that you do not overcook the delicate chocolate and cause them to burn. Place the marzipan balls in the chocolate and roll to cover. Place on a parchment lined drying rack to cool and harden.