Thursday, May 2, 2013

The marzipan experiments, part 1

Odense marzipan: slightly starchy and a little sticky, not very sweet.

Mixed with dried grated orange peel: nice orange flavor, but the gritty/chewy texture of the peel threw everything off.

Mixed with orange extract: stronger orange flavor, great orange nose, integrated well, but a little bitter. (Might be better if the alcohol evaporated longer.)

Mixed with ground cardamom: flavors didn’t really mix, so I’d only recommend if you particularly want to taste cardamom by itself.

Mixed with orange extract and ground cardamom: both flavors brought out the bitter in each other, and the result was terrible. Never try this again.

Mixed with orange extract and granulated vanilla sugar: the vanilla sugar barely cut the bitterness of the orange extract, and added a graininess that didn’t help the mouth feel.

Mixed with maple syrup: a nice sweetness balance, very nice flavor mix with good integration, great maple nose, and distinctly different from marzipan by itself. Hard to mix together. You have to like both marzipan and maple syrup individually, of course. It might be worth comparing this to simple maple cream.

3 comments:

irilyth said...

Short version: "Maple syrup made something better." Man, call the papers. :^)

(Less silly version: Neat! Is there a part 2 coming?)

Tonio Green said...

You're a bearer of a German passport and you're eating Danish marzipan?? You need to try Lübeck marzipan, of which the best is Niederegger.

Michael said...

Well, Niederegger doesn't need to be adulterated. Though I do like it covered in dark chocolate.