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Chocolate-Covered Marzipan Balls
Chocolate and marzipan pair beautifully together. And nothing could be easier than rolling marzipan balls and dipping them into the chocolate of your choice. Make some of these, throw a few into a festive bag along with some Homemade Chocolate Truffles (see my previous post) and you’ve got a great gift.
“Forget love, I’d rather fall in chocolate.”
Chocolate-Covered Marzipan Balls Recipe
- 4 oz (give or take) high quality chocolate of your choice—bittersweet, semi-sweet, milk or white chocolate. I don’t really have specific amounts for this—I just eyeball everything, depending on how many I want to make.
- Marzipan (either commercially prepared or homemade marzipan)
Temper your chocolate (see my Chocolate Lollipop post for instructions on tempering chocolate). Rolls bits of marzipan into balls about the size of a chocolate truffle. Dip each ball into the tempered chocolate. I use a spoon and then remove the ball from the spoon with a cocktail fork or fondue fork. Make sure to allow all excess chocolate to drip off (this prevents a big puddle of chocolate from forming under your ball and creating a “foot”). Place each dipped ball onto parchment paper. Add garnish or decorations, such as chopped nuts or candied orange peel, before chocolate sets. Refrigerate until the chocolate has set. Once the chocolate has set, cover and store in the refrigerator.
- Dark Chocolate Marzipan with Kirsch-Soaked Cherries: Soak some dried cherries in Kirsch. Once the cherries are re-hydrated, pat dry with a paper towel. Shape marzipan into a flat disc, wrap it around the dried cherry to form a ball and dip it in chocolate.
- White Chocolate Marzipan with Candied Orange Peel: Knead a few drops of orange blossom water and bits of candied orange peel into the marzipan before rolling into balls. Dip into white chocolate and sprinkle with toasted chopped pistachios.
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