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Marzipan menagerie; Halloween confections are easy to produce in slices.

Marzipan menagerie

Assembly-line techniques make these Halloween confections quick to produce. An 8-ounce can of almond paste makes enough marzipan for examples of two separate shapes. Let the artist choose simple designs, such as moons, or more complex ones, such as witches.

To slice candies, use a thin, sharp knife (clean it often). And clean paintbrush well with water between color changes.

Marzipan Halloween Candies

1 can (8 oz.) almond paste

2 tablespoons light corn syrup

2 cups sifted powdered sugar

1 large egg white

In a food processor or with a mixer, thoroughly blend almond paste, syrup, and sugar; mixture should hold together readily when patted. If crumbly, beat in 1 to 2 teaspoons egg white, 1 at a time.

Divide marzipan into 2 equal portions. Color, flavor, shape, and slice each portion in 1 of the following ways; use remaining egg white to join pieces or when decorating.

To decorate candies as shown at left, make square or round depressions with the corresponding end of a chopstick. For triangles and dots, use the pointed end of a punch-type can opener. Use a knife for thin lines. To color depressions, dip tools in egg white between each pressing, then paint designs with a small brush. Store candies airtight up to 1 week.

Crescent moons. Put 1/2 recipe marzipan in a food processor or mixer bowl. Add 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel and 5 drops yellow food coloring; blend thoroughly. Roll into a 1 1/4-inch-diameter cylinder. Press the handle of a wooden spoon down the length of cylinder, making a groove 1/3 inch deep. Cut cylinder crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices; pinch each to make a curved half-moon. Makes about 18.

Not-quite-black cats. Put 1/2 recipe marzipan in a food processor or mixer bowl; add 1 1/2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa and blend thoroughly. Pinch off about 1 teaspoon marzipan and set aside.

Roll remaining marzipan into a 1-inch-diameter cylinder. Press a chopstick down the length of cylinder, making a groove about 1/3 inch deep. Pinch edges of groove to make pointed ears. Cut cylinder crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Pat chin end of each piece to make round. Paint eyes with green food coloring. Roll reserved marzipan into tiny balls equal to the number of cats. Dip base of balls into egg white; press noses onto faces. Makes about 24.

Haunted houses. Divide 1/2 recipe marzipan in 3 equal parts; join 2 parts and shape into a block 1 by 1 by about 5 inches. Put remaining part in a food processor or mixer bowl. Add 1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa and blend thoroughly. Shape into a rectangle that is 3/4 by 1 1/4 inches wide and half as long as the plain rectangle.

Cut chocolate rectangle diagonally through center to make 2 prisms. Brush the length of 1 side of plain rectangle with egg white. Set the 2 prisms, cut sides down and end to end, on top to make a roof; press gently. Cut marzipan crosswise into 1/2-inch thick slices. Paint windows with red food coloring. Makes about 20.

Jack-o'-lanterns. Put 1/2 recipe marzipan in a food processor or mixer bowl, add 1 teaspoon greated orange peel, and mix well. Set aside 1 1/2 tablespoons. To remainder add 3 drops each red and yellow food coloring; mix well. Remove orange marzipan from mixing container. Rinse and dry container and put the reserved marzipan in it; add 4 drops green food coloring and mix well.

Roll orange marzipan into a 1 1/2-inch-diameter cylinder. Press a chopstick down its length, making a groove 1/4 inch deep. Roll green marzipan into a cylinder as long as orange piece; pinch the length of 1 side of green cylinder to give it a V shape. Brush groove in orange cylinder with egg white. Lay green cylinder, V edge down, into groove on orange cylinder; press gently.

Cut cylinders crosswise into 1/3-inch-thick slices. Pat chin end of each to make round. Paint features with green food coloring. Makes about 15.

Witches. Put 1/2 recipe marzipan in a food processor or mixer bowl, add 1/4 teaspoon anise extract (optional); mix well. Divide marzipan in 3 equal pieces. Set aside 1 piece. Return 1 piece to mixing container; add 1 drop red food coloring. Mix; set aside. Rinse and dry container. Add 1 more piece marzipan and 12 drops green food coloring; mix.

Pinch off 1/2 teaspoon pink marzipan and set aside; roll remaining pink marzipan into a 1-inch-diameter cylinder. Shape green marzipan into a prism 1 1/2 inches wide and the same length as the pink cylinder. Brush top of the pink cylinder with egg white. Gently press the green cylinder onto egg white on pink one.

Cut marzipan crosswise into 1/3-inch-thick slices. Roll reserved pink marzipan into tiny balls equal in number to the marzipan slices. Dip base of balls in egg white and press onto faces of witches for noses. Paint eyes with green food coloring. Press reserved plain marzipan through a garlic press; attach to heads for hair, using egg white to glue. Makes about 10.

Photo: Marzipan menagerie (right) comes from almond paste dought. Egg white cements separate parts together, seals food coloring into indentations made with pointed end of punch-type can opener. An adult can supervise slicing to make five fanciful shapes
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