- SITHPAT008A - Prepare and model marzipan
Prepare and model marzipan
Issue Date: May 2013
This unit applies to patissiers in hospitality enterprises where marzipan is prepared and served, such as patisseries, hotels, restaurants and coffee shops.
This unit describes the performance outcomes, skills and knowledge required to prepare, handle and model marzipan and to decorate, colour and present modelled items.
Preparing marzipan refers to combining manufactured marzipan paste, pure icing sugar and glucose syrup to a smooth paste of a consistency best suited for its intended purpose.
No licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification requirements apply to this unit at the time of endorsement.
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This unit must be assessed after the following prerequisite unit:
SITHOHS002A Follow workplace hygiene procedures
The required outcomes described in this unit of competency contain applicable facets of employability skills. The Employability Skills Summary of the qualification in which this unit is packaged will assist in identifying employability skills requirements.
List the assessment methods to be used and the context and resources required for assessment. Copy and paste the relevant sections from the evidence guide below and then re-write these in plain English.
The evidence guide provides advice on assessment and must be read in conjunction with the performance criteria, required skills and knowledge, the range statement and the Assessment Guidelines for this Training Package.
Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency
Evidence of the following is essential:
ability to present and display a diverse range of modelled and moulded marzipan products with consistency in size, shape, quality and presentation
application of food hygiene and safety principles throughout the preparation, decoration and presentation process
knowledge of the characteristics of marzipan and suitable decorations or garnishes and the conditions required for optimum quality and presentation
preparation, decoration and presentation of a range of marzipan shapes within typical workplace conditions and timeframes.
Context of and specific resources for assessment
Assessment must ensure:
demonstration of skills within a commercial pastry kitchen as defined in the Assessment Guidelines
access to industry-current equipment for preparation and modelling of marzipan, including:
marzipan modelling tools and moulds, such as leaf, flower petal cutters, novelty moulds, crimpers of various sizes and designs, textured rolling pins and boards, piping tubes, dipping forks, fine piping tubes size 3 to 000, and fine icing sugar sieves
marzipan refiner or high powered food processor, such as robot coupe
chocolate thermometer and saccharometer
marble slab and silicon mats
chocolate spray gun kit, or brown cocoa butter aerosol and airbrush
access to presentation equipment, including:
cake stands, including multi-tier and clear cover, platters and mirrors, and cake boards
doilies in a range of shapes and sizes
presentation containers or boxes of various sizes
use of authentic ingredients.
Methods of assessment
A range of assessment methods should be used to assess practical skills and knowledge. The following examples are appropriate for this unit:
observation of practical demonstration by the candidate of preparing, decorating and presenting modelled and moulded marzipan
questions about hygiene procedures, commodities, presentation and decoration techniques and storage requirements to ensure optimum quality and food safety
review of portfolios of evidence and third-party workplace reports of on-the-job performance by the candidate.
Holistic assessment with other units relevant to the industry sector, workplace and job role is recommended, for example:
SITHCCC013A Prepare hot and cold desserts
SITHPAT001A Prepare and produce pastries
SITHPAT002A Prepare and produce cakes.
Assessing employability skills
Employability skills are integral to effective performance in the workplace and are broadly consistent across industry sectors. How these skills are applied varies between occupations and qualifications due to the different work functions and contexts.
Employability skills embedded in this unit should be assessed holistically with other relevant units that make up the skill set or qualification and in the context of the job role.
List each assessment task's title, type (eg project, observation/demonstration, essay, assingnment, checklist) and due date here
Assessment task 1: [title] Due date:
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Copy and paste from the following data to produce each assessment task. Write these in plain English and spell out how, when and where the task is to be carried out, under what conditions, and what resources are needed. Include guidelines about how well the candidate has to perform a task for it to be judged satisfactory.
This section describes the essential skills and knowledge and their level, required for this unit.
The following skills must be assessed as part of this unit:
creative skills in decoration and presentation
handling and storing marzipan and marzipan products and recognising factors affecting their quality
working methods used in production and display of marzipan, including the use of equipment for preparation and moulding
defining and applying corrective steps to ensure quality control
problem-solving skills to control quality
literacy skills to read recipes, menus, instructions and orders
numeracy skills to calculate portions and weigh and measure quantities of ingredients.
The following knowledge must be assessed as part of this unit:
characteristics of marzipan, both classical and contemporary, including taste, texture, structure, shape and size appropriate for industry and enterprise standard marzipan products
hygiene and food safety requirements relating to preparing, decorating, handling and storing marzipan
historical and cultural aspects of marzipan
underlying principles of making marzipan
commodity knowledge, including quality indicators of marzipan ingredients
culinary terms commonly used in the industry related to marzipan
portion control and yield
storage conditions for marzipan and optimising shelf life
properties of the ingredients used and their interaction and changes during production.
The range statement relates to the unit of competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised wording in the performance criteria is detailed below.
Handling of marzipan must include:
modelling into shapes, figures or flowers
colouring, decorating, glazing and sealing
covering cakes, gateaux, torten and petits fours with marzipan.
Copy and paste from the following performance criteria to create an observation checklist for each task. When you have finished writing your assessment tool every one of these must have been addressed, preferably several times in a variety of contexts. To ensure this occurs download the assessment matrix for the unit; enter each assessment task as a column header and place check marks against each performance criteria that task addresses.
|Tasks to be observed according to workplace/college/TAFE policy and procedures, relevant legislation and Codes of Practice||Yes||No||Comments/feedback|
|Select, weigh and combine ingredients to achieve desired composition and characteristics of quality modelling marzipan.|
|Identify potential problems and take appropriate preventative measures to maintain desired characteristics.|
|Observe food hygiene principles and requirements.|
|Mould or model marzipan in a variety of figures, shapes and flowers.|
|Apply appropriate colourings, decorations and coating agents to enhance appearance and presentation.|
|Seal finished shapes to preserve freshness and eating characteristics and appearance.|
|Store marzipan products at the correct temperature and in conditions to avoid excessive crust formation, drying out and hardening and to maintain maximum eating characteristics and appearance.|
|Ensure surface of items to be covered is level and smooth.|
|Roll out marzipan to specified size and thickness.|
|Apply marzipan ensuring a smooth and seamless finish.|
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