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Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
Makes 12-15 sweetmeats
Dietary Vegetarian
From Nigel Slater's 12 Tastes of Christmas
The plum kernel gives the marzipan its extra-almondy flavour. These little sweetmeats would be lovely with small cups of strong coffee.


  1. In a mortar and pestle grind 50g/2oz of almonds.

  2. Place the remaining 150g/5oz of almonds and the plum kernel and into a food processor

  3. In a pan melt the icing sugar with a sprinkle of water until it just turns transparent. At this point pour it into the food processor and blend well until the mixture is a thick paste.

  4. Return the processed almonds to the pan, add the contents of the mortar and pestle, and mix well with a wooden spoon on a low heat.

  5. When the almonds are well mixed roll out into a thick sausage and wrap in foil. Leave to stand for at least an hour.

  6. Place the cinnamon in one small bowl and the soaked saffron in the other. Shape little golf ball shapes of marzipan and then roll them in your desired flavour and serve.


  • 200g/7oz blanched almonds
  • 1 plum kernel (the soft seed inside the plum stone)
  • 200g/7oz icing sugar
  • 10 strands saffron, soaked in 4 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon

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