January 12, 2012

National Marzipan Day

national marzipan day, steff deschenes, battenberg cake
“Everything is a miracle. It is a miracle that one does not dissolve in one’s bath like a lump of sugar.” – Pablo Picasso

It's National Marzipan Day!

Currently, L├╝beck, Germany is considered the “capital of marzipan" because of their long, rich history making the sweet. Since the early 1800's, starting with the Niederegger Bakery, they've been a world leader in the almond and sugar based confectionery.

Marzipan and I actually have a funny story. Before I left England, my best mate's sister made me an entire block of it to take back with me on the plane. Unfortunately, it didn't successfully make it stateside. While I thought I had packed it good enough in my check-on luggage, there must have been a tear in the plastic wrap it was inside of. Enough air got to it from the flight to London to Boston that it dried out and became as hard as a brick in those eight-ish hours.

The reason why she made me a entire block of marzipan, though, is because I fell in love with something called battenberg, a brilliantly colored two-by-two checker pattern of spongecake - alternatively colored pink then yellow - held together by apricot jam and covered in marzipan.

Y'know, I don't even particularly like spongecake. Or apricots. Or, for that matter, marzipan. But  when these flavors come together they make something entirely supernaturally mouthgasmical. And today is the PERFECT day to chow down on the box of battenberg I've been saving (which also happens to be a little rock hard. The lesson? Seize the day and enjoy your candy while it's fresh!).

Happy National Marzipan Day!