YOUR HARVEST will be happy indeed when you reap this sweet centerpiece. To create the topper, CT home economists first turned to this age-old idea traditionally used during Christmas—marzipan candy. Then they cultivated it with autumn in mind and turned out this country-fresh fall decoration. As you may know, marzipan, an edible modeling clay, is a mixture of sugars and sweet almond paste (available in the baking section of grocery stores) that can be tinted and shaped into all sorts of decorations... just like those featured here. Since it's so sweet, this table topper can be passed around for dessert when your meal is complete. Or you might choose to use the design solely as a centerpiece you bring out autumn after autumn. Simply place it in an airtight container between parties—it'll harden and stay colorful for years to come!
During the war, the women at my grandmother's church would donate sugar rations throughout the year so they'd have enough to make candy as a fund-raiser each Christmas. I'm lucky enough to have inherited this tried-and-true recipe.
—Dorothea Bohrer, Silver Spring, Maryland