Marzipan Monday

Marzipan on my mind today.

When I’m traveling, I look forward to special culinary treats. In Germany recently, there were many delicious temptations and I did not resist! While on the train from Hamburg to Lübeck for a day trip, I was talking to a very nice woman who told me that Lübeck is famous for its marzipan, a confectionery paste made of almonds and sugar. So, in addition to enjoying Lübeck’s Christmas Market and touring other points of interest in the city, I made sure to indulge in this delectable dessert.

Marzipan Cake

On this cold, rainy day in December, I was warm and cozy at Lübeck’s oldest café, Conditorei & Café Maret at Markt 17, savoring my coffee and hazelnut marzipan cake.

Bakers in Lübeck have been producing “marci panis” for over 500 years. The Niederegger company began the commercial production of marzipan in Lübeck in 1806. The company has a café and museum at Breite Str. 89.

Have you tasted any marzipan desserts in your travels?

10 thoughts on “Marzipan Monday

  1. Bret @ Green Global Travel

    That looks awesome, and yes, bakeries (and ice cream shops) are a particular weakness for me! I have the difficult circumstance of having blood sugar issues, yet also being a devout foodie who reviews restaurants as part of my freelance writing job. For me, it’s a constant struggle to avoid overindulging in sweets, but fortunately we tend to be VERY active when we’re traveling with outdoor adventures and such, which helps a lot.

    1. Cathy Post author

      It’s all about balance, isn’t it? Good for you being able to manage your blood sugar issues while enjoying wonderful sweets while traveling!

  2. Leigh

    I think I “pinned” this or another similar looking marzipan cake. I have a weakness for anything with almond and almond paste. I’d be happy drinking coffee and eating this one afternoon – even it it meant walking 5 miles to wear it off.

    1. Cathy Post author

      Yeah – that was my photo you pinned (My TWS watermark wasn’t showing up for some reason on the one I originally pinned). Glad you liked it! I do the same thing — indulge, then walk it off.

  3. Laurel

    Yum! That looks like a huge piece. I like marzipan, but find that a bite or two is usually enough. I love how different places in Germany are famous for different foods, especially baked goods.

  4. Sophie

    Marzipan – nom nom! We eat heaps of it up here, marzipan cakes for birthdays, marzipan-pigs for Christmas and marzipan-eggs for Easter. These days, half-prize Christmas marzipan is everywhere. Dangerous…

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