In episode Steamed Puddings of TV show Bake with Anna Olson prepares Anna Olson recipe for Marzipan Fruits.
Potatoes<br />Shape a scant tablespoonful of marzipan between your palms into a potato shape. Use a bamboo skewer or other tool to make “eyes” in the potato and the roll in a little cocoa powder (to replicate dirt) shaking off any excess.
Pumpkin<br />Add a little orange colouring paste to a tablespoonful of marzipan and knead the colour in. Shape the marzipan into a ball between the palms of your hands and then flatten just a little. Use the back of a paring knife or a marzipan tool to press lines into the pumpkin. Add a little cocoa powder or brown colour paste to a little more marzipan and shape into a thin rope. Cut a little piece off and press in to make the stem, then spiral the remaining around a bamboo skewer and carefully remove and press in near the stem to make a tendril.
Pear or Apple<br />Add a little yellow or green (or both) colouring paste to a tablespoonful of marzipan, knead it in, and shape into a ball between the palms of your hands. If making a pear, shape the marzipan to a pear shape. Use a small piece of raw, whole wheat spaghetti as the stem and push a whole clove into the bottom for the blossom end. For added dimension, dilute a little contrasting food colouring (red or orange) in a little clear alcohol or water and brush on a “blush” to the fruit.
Leaves<br />Add a little green food colouring paste to some marzipan and knead it in. Roll out the marzipan as thinly as possible and cut out leaf shapes as desired. Use a bamboo skewer or the back of a paring knife to make veins marks on the leafs. You can bend and pinch the leaves to give them dimension and set them on a tray to dry, or while still soft, press them into the other fruits as desired.
Allow the marzipan fruits to air dry for 12 hours, then store for up to 2 weeks in an airtight container.
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