Marzipan (a.k.a. almond paste) is merely blanched almonds ground up in a food processor with sugar and a little corn syrup. The paste can be formed and colored like molding clay, making it versatile for decoration, or making confections. It’s a classic filling for traditional pastries, but we also found it to be perfect for caramel apples.
Game plan: Many marzipan recipes call for raw egg white, but we used light corn syrup instead and added five-spice powder for an exotic twist. For a more straightforward almond flavor, leave out the five-spice powder.