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n. Archaic

[Ultimately (perhaps partly via German Marzipan obsolete French marcepain and influenced by obsolete English pain, bread) from Italian marzapane; see marzipan.]


(Cookery) an archaic word for marzipan1
[C15: from French]



[1485–95; < French, dial. variant of massepain, marcepain < Italian marzapane]
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Noun1.marchpane - almond paste and egg whitesmarchpane - almond paste and egg whites    
candy, confect - a rich sweet made of flavored sugar and often combined with fruit or nuts
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Fines, lost goods, taxes, expenses, loyal charges, salaries, damages, and interests, gehenna, prison, and jail, and fetters with expenses are Christmas spice cake and marchpanes of Saint-John to him
ELIZABETHAN MARCHPANE TART - Original recipe from Robert May, The Accomplisht Cook TAKE two pound of almonds blanched and beaten in a stone mortar, till they begin to come to a fine paste, then take a pound of sifted sugar put it in the mortar with the almonds, and make it into a perfect paste, putting to it now and then in the beating of it a spoonful of rose-water to keep it from oyling.
Add a little marchpane - a sweet almond paste - and some cordal sac posset (or to you and me, heated sherry to which egg yolks and boiled cream are added).
Clearly, the celebration of the city's identity through the processions and ceremonies was conveyed by clever use of emblematic techniques, complemented in the climactic Guild Feast by the design not only of trenchers but of the very food that was eaten, not least the sugar and marchpane.
The 65-traded Marchpane outpointed 175 chance Copperwood, who was matched at 1.
She loved sweet things and her greedy eyes would have spotted the marchpane chessboard with its squares in white and gold leaf presented by the royal cook who always knew at Christmas which side his bread was buttered.