Friday, 16 September 2011
A special wedding gift
We’re all getting excited about my daughter’s wedding next month and yet another outing for Grandma Abson’s Celebration Fruit Cake recipe. As you need to prepare a wedding fruit cake in advance, I've baked the three tiers and these are now maturing. Once a week, I prick the tops of the cakes and pour a few teaspoonsful of brandy to help the maturing process. During the next couple of weeks, I’ll need to cover the cakes with home made almond paste/marzipan.
How to make Almond Paste
½ lb ground almonds
¾ lb caster sugar
4 tablespoonfuls of lemon juice and 2 tablespoonsful of water
Mix the almonds and sugar together. Add sufficient liquid to make a stiff paste. You can also add a 1 tablespoon of sherry instead of 1 of the water. You can also substitute half of the caster sugar with icing sugar.
Almond paste ready to put on the cake