Tudor Marchpane - 11th October 2020
Marchpane was the Tudor and Jacobean forerunner of marzipan. Talented cooks used it to construct edible decorations such as flowers, jewelry and even model buildings.
Marchpane relied principally on three ingredients: almonds, shelled and ground very fine, sugar and rose water – all of which were imported at great expense. All of them are easily obtained today, but back in the Middle Ages there was not only the prohibitive cost of the ingredients but the time involved, firstly in preparing them for use as the almonds had to be shelled and then, like the hard crystalline sugar, pounded in a mortar till they powdered.
As if this was not enough to impress guests, special occasions might call for the marchpane to be decorated, in part at least, with gold leaf.
Come and join us for an afternoon learning how to make and craft your own Marchpane masterpieces!
Accommodation is not included but if required it is available within the local area, some suggestions can be found on our 'local accommodation' page - please arrange this yourself. Refreshments are provided on their day but not lunches. Please bring your own drinking vessel for hygiene reasons.
Toilet and classroom all easily accessible from the car park *Please bring a packed lunch*. Attendees must be over 16.