Peeling Whole Almonds:
Boil a small pan of water on the stove. Remove from heat and add your almonds, making sure all are submerged. Soak for about 2 minutes and then drain. Peel almonds quickly. The skins will slip right off!
Dress it Down:
If you don't have apricot brandy or sherry on hand (or just don't like cooking with alcohol), you can simply eliminate it. It is such a small amount that it should not affect the consistency of your marzipan. If you do feel that your marzipan is a little dry, you can add a little extra apricot preserves or softened butter.