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Marzipan Hearts

by Emma Marsden from Heart On A Plate

These gorgeous heart-shaped marzipan lollipops with edible gold glitter are a perfect gift for Valentine's day or just to make for the ones you love.

Introduction

If you're short of time, you can cheat in this recipe by using naturally coloured ready-made marzipan instead of home-made – you'll need about 200g.

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Ingredients

100g ground almonds
50g golden caster sugar
50g icing sugar, plus extra for dusting
2-3 tbsp beaten egg
1 tsp orange juice
red food colouring
edible gold glitter

Essential kit

You will need a 4cm heart-shaped cutter and 10-12 lollipop sticks.

Method

You will need:

4cm heart-shaped cutter

10-12 lollipop sticks

 

Put the ground almonds into a bowl with the sugars. Male a well in the middle and stir in the beaten egg and orange juice with a wooden spoon. Use your hands to knead everything together into a paste, then wrap in cling film and chill in the fridge for 1 hour.

Lightly dust a board with icing sugar and roll out the chilled marzipan until it's about 1cm thick. Stamp out 10-12 hearts using a 4cm cutter, rerolling the marzipan as necessary.

Push a lollipop stick through the pointed end of each heart and lay out to dry on a sheet of baking parchment for 4 hours, turning halfway through.

Once the marzipan is dry, toast both sides of each heart with a blowtorch or under a hot grill until lightly browned. Brush the top with the red food colouring, then flick gold glitter all over the surface, Jackson Pollock-style. Allow to dry, then serve.

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