The recipe/picture that I'm following calls for cutting out Christmas stars from marzipan and for the stars to be browned somewhat (does look nice).

Last time I did this, the stars deformed quite a lot and lost the sharpness of their points, as the marzipan melted and softened.

So, for something prone to melting like marzipan is it best to toast quickly / high heat or more gradually? Any ideas?

I'm just grilling them under heat.

  • Please give a link, but I suspect it is far more likely the marzepan was painted with food coloring, or had food coloring kneaded in.
    – SAJ14SAJ
    Dec 24, 2013 at 14:09
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    Yes, marzipan will melt if you attempt to brown it in an oven. Try using a torch to 'brulee' it, or add some sugar on top and caramelize.
    – Chris
    Dec 24, 2013 at 15:43

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Either use a blow torch or a very hot grill. Either way be very careful as it can burn extremely easily. I've only ever done it with balls of marzipan (on top of a simnel cake), so haven't had deformation issues, but I would suggest blowtorching the marzipan in the cutter, then letting it cool to prevent the points softening.

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