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Rock-hard marzipan - salvageable?

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I just bought some marzipan from my local upscale grocery, and it was rock hard. Could I do anything to salvage it?

(While it's fun to make marzipan from almond paste, it's time-consuming. But at least I know that the canned almond paste is useable.) Any suggestions would be appreciated. TIA!

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  1. Could you wrap it in a slightly damp paper towel and microwave it for 10 seconds at a time? I've done that with rock hard brown sugar and it works, but I've never worked with marzipan, so perhaps it's not as moisture-compliant?

    1. leanneabe is on the right track. Cut up the marzipan into roughly 1/2 inch cubes. Place in the bowl of a kitchenaid with the paddle attachment. Place mixer on low setting and add 1 tbsp of water, mixing until it is absorbed. Continue to mix on low, adding water a tbsp at a time until the marzipan comes together in a moistened ball. If you happen to add a little too much water, add a sprinkle of sifted powdered sugar.

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      1. re: Non Cognomina

        Thanks to both of you for your suggestions. I tried cutting it, but it was rock hard, and I was afraid of breaking my expensive chef's knife, or slicing my hand. Microwaving it first sounds like it should help.

        1. re: Claudette

          Take it back to the store. If they value your patronage, they should have no problem giving you another lump of marzipan.

          Much better than losing a finger over it! - although with marzipan you could make a life like prosthetic.

          1. re: Paul Maipork

            LOL!

          2. re: Claudette

            I think you should take it back, too.

            If you don't take it back and still want to try to salvage it, try grating it then proceding with the mixing/water method.