I’m always on the lookout for something new to try, just like Grandma did over her long life of baking. Last Christmas, we fell under the spell of Dan Lepard’s divine Orange and Pistachio Stollen Bars and I’ll be making them again this year. You can find the recipe here. I love Dan’s recipes every week in the Guardian weekend magazine. Thanks Dan for talking to me on Twitter and Facebook; it’s fantastic to be able to pick up even more tips from you to make home baking come alive.
Meryl's tip : What's the difference Marzipan or Almond Paste?
Marzipan and Almond paste are very similar as they both have the same ingredients but in different proportions. There’s much debate about this but Marzipan generally has more sugar which makes it easier to use for modelling and decoration whereas Almond Paste has a higher amount of ground almonds which gives it a stronger almond taste. It’s your choice! I also use lemon juice instead of egg white and maybe a dash of sherry or brandy to mix the paste.