Simnel Marzipan Bonbons

  • Serves

    makes 38


Marzipan, a sweet paste of almond meal and sugar, is laced with spices, brandy, and lemon juice for these simple treats from Justin Gellatly of London's Bread Ahead.


  • 2 cups almond meal
  • 34 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 12 cup superfine sugar
  • 1 12 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1 tsp. brandy
  • 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 14 tsp. almond extract
  • 14 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 egg plus 1 yolk
  • Blowtorch, for caramelizing


Step 1

Whisk almond meal, sugars, cinnamon, and cloves in a bowl until combined; set aside. In a separate bowl, whisk brandy, lemon juice, honey, extracts, egg, and yolk until smooth. Stir wet ingredients into dry; using your hands, knead mixture until smooth. Divide mixture into thirty-eight 1⁄2-oz. balls and place on a baking sheet. Using a blowtorch, torch tops of bonbons until lightly caramelized, 30 seconds to 1 minute. They can be rolled and chilled for up to 2 days before being caramelized.

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