Trinkets and bijou usually sit pretty in trays, but these shallow receptacles can be statement pieces too. Mould your own beautiful – edible – vessels to present delicate morsels.

Serves 10

Prep time 5 minutes + 1 hour setting

Cook time 40 minutes

citrus almond paste

350g skinned almonds

250g icing sugar

10g lemon zest

  • Bake almonds at 150°C for 20 minutes, then allow them to cool to room temperature.
  • Mix almonds with icing sugar and lemon zest, then blend all ingredients into a paste. Store overnight until needed.

candy sugar ‘tray’

100g sugar

100ml water

350g glucose syrup

water-based white colouring

water-based gold colouring

  • In a deep saucepan, cook sugar, water and glucose syrup to 150°C.
  • Remove the saucepan from the stove and cool it with an ice bath until the temperature drops to 120°C.
  • Add water-based white and gold colouring and mix well. Pour mixture into a tray until 3mm thick. Allow mixture to set for 1 hour. 30 minutes into the setting process, use a toothpick to stir through the mixture to achieve a pattern.
  • After the mixture has set, use a warming lamp to soften the mixture enough to mould it into your desired ‘tray’ shape and a separate shape that fits perfectly in the interior of the tray.
  • With the ‘tray’ shape as the base layer, add a layer of almond paste filling before covering the interior with the inner candy sugar shape.
  • Allow the completed ‘tray’ to set for 30 minutes. Store it in a container with a bottom layer of dehumidifying powder and with baking parchment separating the ‘tray’ from the powder.

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