Marzipan, or marchpane, is an almond paste, a mixture of pounded almonds, sugar and eggs. It is used as a covering or decoration for cakes, as sweets and as a filling for pastries.
The origin of marzipan is unknown. Some say it was introduced into Europe by the Arabs and some that it was created by an ancient order of nuns in France.
Marzipan is made either by pounding, mixing and kneading the ingredients together or by making a syrup to which the ground almonds and egg whites are added.