there’s nothing like that sweet bliss open marzipan without breaking And revealing its history is almost as complicated because, like all legendary food, it is shrouded in myth.
In Mexico this dessert has penetrated deep into the kitchen, it is almost synonymous with peanuts: it can be enjoyed alone, atoles, milkshakes, pulques, cakes, even world marzipan day In Guadalajara JaliscoHowever, its origin is found not in this region, but several kilometers away.
Marzipan: A Spanish Dessert
Encyclopedic Dictionary of Mexican Gastronomy explains that marzipan is a baked dessert, which is made almond paste ground with sugar,” is a product of native spanish, which has taken countless modalities in Mexico”.
In Spain it is not always round, it is presented in bars or various shapes and is traditional as a Christmas dessert in Toledo.
The word marzipan has already appeared in dictionary of officials, published between 1726 and 1739, the first dictionary of the Castilian language published by the Royal Spanish Academy, where it was defined as “some kind of sweet pastaMade of almonds, sugar, and other things, from which round pancakes or other shapes are made, which are baked in an oven”.
In the most current version, the Royal Spanish Academy states that the word may have come from Hispanic Arabic. pismas, and it’s from greek paxmadian, Cupcake, affected by flour and bread,
How was marzipan born?
According to researcher Carlos Vizuete Mendoza, the first reports of marzipans date back to 1512, in a document where Madrid said to bring “Chinese fruit and marzipan and Diacetron and Toledo candies” On the occasion of the arrival of kings.
marzipan of Toledo Province, in spain, has appeal of origin and a regulatory council, which explains what is responsible for the Arabic word churned bun, What does it mean sitting king, In terms of The first marzipan known in Spain And they printed this figure out of an Arab-Spanish misconception, because in Islamic culture, representations of human or animal figures were generally not allowed.
Carlos Vizuete Mendoza states that other versions relate the Muslim subjects of al-Qadir as the inventor of this dessert, as it is said to have been invented by these people in 1085. Almond and sugar mixture To face hunger during the siege of Alfonso VI in the city.
Similarly, in the Monastery of San Clemente (Toledo) these preparations are announced with the motto “San Clemente, the Cradle of Marzipan“After an analysis of the books of account of that place, Carlos Vizuete explains that his name does not appear, although the ingredients to make it were present: almonds and sugar or honey.
The dessert went around the world, reaching the hands of Leonardo da Vinci, according to researcher Monica Lavin, the Florentine inventor hired by Ludovico Sforza to develop the culinary art, at which time he “specifics, marzipan sculptures For excellent eaters, at the center of the almond flour was a message or phrase about a political position or some virtue they had.
Marzipan arrived in present-day Mexican territory under Spanish influence, although it was slightly different here, as it is not only made from almonds, it was adapted with seeds and peanuts.
There are some that are made from figures such as pigeons, ducks, fruits or piglets, others with syrups, mummy, a mixture of orange blossom water or rose essence, sometimes with a texture similar to ham.
In sor juana in the kitchen, Monica Lavin explains that in the Viceroyalty, the convent of Jesus Maria was famous for its imitation of a full stew in small figures of almond paste (marzipan).
In addition, in Queretaro, nuns from the Convent of the Cross made marzipan and “angel hair” to give to Emperor Maximiliano upon his arrival in Mexico.
in the 1950s, peanut marmalade They became popular at the hands of the Jalisco Company de la Rosa and especially in Guadalajara they celebrate World Marzipan Day to celebrate the creation of the dessert, even in 2018 they organized an event in which they performed a broke to Guinness Record while making marzipan The largest in the world, weighed 8 thousand kg and required five hours to do so.