Making Almond Paste
Used in a variety of confections, Almond Paste is made of blanched
ground almonds, sugar and glycerin or another liquid. Almond extract is
sometimes added to intensify the flavor.
It should be firm but pliable before use in a
recipe. If it becomes hard, it can be softened by heating for 2 or 3 seconds in
a microwave oven.
Once opened, it should be wrapped tightly and refrigerated. This paste is available in most supermarkets in 6- to 8-ounce cans or packages, but if you can't find it or just want to make your own here is a recipe for it.
Almond paste Recipe
Recipe courtesy Jacques
Torres Chocolate, MrChocolate
Total Time: 25 min Prep: 20 min Cook:
Yield: About 2 cups
- 1 cup plus 3 tablespoons
(250 grams) sugar
- 1/4 cup (75 grams) honey
- 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon
plus 2 teaspoons (100 grams) water
- 3 cups plus 3 tablespoons
(500 grams) blanched, whole, almonds
- 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoons
plus 1 teaspoon (50 grams) Kirsch or simple syrup, optional
- Scant 1/4 cup (50 grams)
- Place the sugar, honey and
water in a saucepan and bring to a strong boil.
- Place the almonds in the food
processor and grind until coarse.
- Remove the boiling sugar from the heat and
pour over the coarse almonds. Blend until smooth. This may take 10 minutes or
more, depending on the strength of the food processor. Remember, food
processors are not usually strong enough to yield the same consistency as the
almond paste that you can buy.
- If your mixture is too thick and the food
processor is straining, you can add a little Kirsch or simple syrup to the
processor. Add the liquid slowly and stop when the processor is moving more
- Wrap in
plastic wrap and allow it to cool. When you are ready to use it, knead in the
butter. The butter makes it smooth and not so sticky.
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