Pistachio Marzipan & Raspberry Diamonds

This pretty Pistachio Marzipan & Raspberry Diamonds from Chocolate by Molly Bakes make for a delicious edible gift. They could also be served at parties or even make sweet wedding favours.

Chocolate
From the book Chocolate
By Molly Bakes
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Introduction

Marzipan is an underrated ingredient and here it is paired with pistachios to give it a modern spin. The layer of fresh raspberry jelly adds a welcome tartness to offset the sweet nuttiness.

Makes approx. 25 diamonds

Ingredients

Pistachio Marzipan:
50g pistachios, toasted
1 1/2 tsp flavourless nut oil
225g marzipan
Raspberry Paste:
250g fresh raspberries
10g pectin (in powder form)
250g golden caster sugar
Coating:
450g dark chocolate, chopped or callets
freeze-dried raspberry powder, to decorate (optional)

Essential kit

You will need a 22cm square cake or baking tin. You will need a a food processor. You will need a Cook's thermometer. You will need a 3-prong dipping fork.

Instructions

You will need:

22cm square cake or baking tin

Cling film

Rolling pin

Cook's thermometer

3-prong dipping fork

 

Line your cake or baking tin with cling film.

 

For the Pistachio Marzipan:

In a food processor, grind the pisachios with the oil until a paste forms. Add the pistachio paste to the marzipan and knead together until everything is fully incorporated. Roll out into the prepared tin.

 

For the Raspberry Paste:

Heat the raspberries in a small pan with a little water, then mash them with a fork.

Tip the pectin into a large, heavy-bottomed pan and mix in the sugar a little at a time to prevent clotting.

Add the raspberry pulp, mix together and bring to the boil. Heat until the temperature reaches 108C. Pour the mixture into the tin over the marzipan and leave to set.

When set, turn out the marzipan and fruit paste onto a clean, flat surface and, using a sharp knife, cut 6 rows across the width, then cut diagonally across to form diamond shapes. Keep them so that the fruit paste sits on top of the marzipan for dipping.

 

For the coating:

Melt and temper the chocolate. See how here.

Dip the marzipan pieces, one at a time, into the tempered chocolate using the 3-prong dipping fork. Submerge fully in the chocolate and then immediately place the fork back underneath it and lift it out of the chocolate. At this point you need to remove the excess chocolate, so resist the temptation to tap the fork on the side of the bowl and, instead, touch the bottom of the dipped diamond on the surface of the chocolate a few times. Gently scrape any remaining excess off the sides of the bowl. Slide the dipped chocolate off the fork and place on baking paper to set.

Decorate with ground pistachios or freeze-dried raspberry powder.

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