This time of the year
Marzipan and Stollen both are well associated with the holiday season. In both the old world and the new world children and adults enjoy these delicious treats.
What is marzipan?
Real marzipan is a confection consisting primarily of sugar or honey and ground almonds, sometimes augmented with almond oil or extract. Common uses are chocolate-covered marzipan; and small imitations of fruits and vegetables. And of course it is an essential ingredient for the German Christmas stollen.
What is the difference between almond paste and real marzipan?
The main differences. While they both are made of almonds, marzipan and almond paste are completely different. Marzipan is smooth, sweet, and often dyed and molded into shapes. Almond paste, however, is coarser, less sweet, and used as an ingredient or filling for baked goods.
What is mazapan?
Mazapanes are a Mexican candy that is made of either peanuts, almonds or pistachios. Blended with sugar the natural oil of the nuts to infuse the sugar to create a crumbly paste. It is then formed into round disks, wrapped in cellophane and individually or by the case
Persipan also known as parzipan
Is a material used in confectionery. It is similar to marzipan but apricot or peach kernels are used instead of almonds. Persipan consists of 40% ground kernels and 60% sugar. The kernels have a strong bitter flavor caused by the presence of a toxic cyanogenic glycoside. They have to be detoxified before the kernels can be used. Persipan lower-priced than marzipan. It also has a somewhat different taste. Persipan often contains 0.5% starch so that it can be easily differentiated from marzipan with an iodine test.
Dresdner christmas stollen is a piece of cultural history
Saxony’s World Famous Delicacy is a centuries-old baking tradition, a prevailing passion and, above all, a delicious treat. For centuries, Dresden’s bakers and pastry makers have kept up this tradition, passing it on from generation to generation. That and the unique combination of selected ingredients are the secret behind that inimitable stollen taste. The Dresdner Stollenfest – this year’s jubilee-edition is on December 8th, 2018!
At Watson Lake Inn we use a family recipe
For the production of marzipan candies and our Christmas stollen. Our guests will be able to enjoy this traditional holiday cake during their stay with us until the end of the year. This is just another way to share traditions and authentic foods with our lodging guests.
Stay local – eat local at Watson Lake Inn and choose from one of our four suites for your stay in the Granite Dells. We know you’ve got many options for lodging; but staying with us at Watson Lake Inn, you will indulge in a memorable experience and culinary discovery.
Looking for a unique gift this holiday season for the very special person in your life?