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Monday, May 13, 2013

COMBINAN WITH 15TH C RECIPE FOR MARZIPAN



Marzipan Paste, a combination of chicken, almonds and sugar
Photo by: Lord-Williams
OCast conbrian, they combine. [Gázquez. Cocina. 2002:194]  

MARZIPANS FOR THE SICK 
WHO HAVE LOST THEIR
APPETITE, OF STIMULAT-ING SUBSTANCE ADAPTED FROM NOLA’S xxxiiii-3 MAZAPANES PARA DOLIENTES QUE PIERDAN EL COMER, MUY BUENOS Y DE GRAN SUSTANCIA[1]
For one 8" wafer

Ready made Wafer 8" diameter
Photo by: Lord-Williams
Ingredients

½ chicken breast
almonds
white sugar
orange blossom water
1 round wafer 8" in diameter[2]

Preparation

Place the chicken breast in a pan of water. Add salt to taste and bring to a boil. Lower 
heat and gently boil until cooked, about 20 minutes. When done reserve the broth.

Remove the meat from the bones and skin and weigh it. Add the same amount of peeled almonds. Grind the almonds and then combine the almonds with the meat. Then grind again combining this with the same amount of powdered sugar.

Marzipan Fresh from the Oven
With Broth Drink for the Ailing
Photo by: Lord-Williams
 
PREHEAT OVEN TO 350ºF/175ºC

Knead the mixture like dough. Roll the it out into a circle or whatever shape the wafer is and place it on a wafer to make marzipan. Make the edges of the paste a little higher than the middle. Moisten the marzipan with orange blossom water. Sprinkle ground, sifted powdered sugar over them.

Place parchment paper on a cookie sheet and put the marzipan on this and bake 10-12 minutes until edges are slightly browned. Remove from oven and let cool. Remove the marzipan from the parchment paper taking care that it does not break.

Give this to the sick as this is a very singular dish and of great help for the sick who have lost their appetite because a little of this has more sustenance than any other food item; particularly if the broth is drunk the benefits are invaluable.  



[1] See blog titled alticas published September 13, 2011 for a different interpretation of this recipe.
[2]As making these is an art for which the Medieval Spanish Chef does not have the proper machinery, it was bought ready made at the local supermarket where 2 doz are sold for less than two Euros.

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