That's what I wondered, so I decided to give them a try.
Here's the play by play...
First you have to blanch the almonds. This isn't part of the recipe, but I never seem to have the blanched variety on hand. Just pour boiling water over them, let them sit for one minute, then drain and rinse in cold water until cool. The skins slip off easily.
Tip: rinse them often to keep them wet. It takes a while to skin them, and if they dry during that time, the skins don't come off as easily.
After blanching, the almonds should be soaked in water overnight.
It's amazing just how much water they absorb during this process.
The recipe didn't say anything about draining them, but I
drained them and placed them on paper towels. In
retrospect, I wish I'd have let them air dry even longer.
The recipe calls for coarsely grinding the almonds. I did.
I think they should have been a little finer. Hindsight is 20/20.
Here is one day's yield from my berry patch. I reuse the packaging from purchased blueberries -
works great and lets just enough air circulate around the berries.
Though the recipe didn't say to hull the berries, I thought
it would be a good idea. :)
It did say to dice the berries. I diced the berries.
The raisins only have to soak for five minutes in
boiling water. Here they are at the beginning of
the 5 minutes...
And here they are at the end of the five minutes.
Don't they look fuzzy? They weren't.
Here they are diced.
All the chopped up ingredients are placed in a bowl...
...and mixed well. The raisins stick together some.
The recipe calls for placing the mixture right on the trays
of the dehydrator. My mixture seemed kind of loose,
and those holes looked kind of big to me.
I cut parchment paper to fit and poked it full
of holes to allow the air to circulate.
The recipe just said to place spoonfuls of the "dough" onto the trays.
I used a small cookie scoop for this job.
It took two trays. I was only making half the recipe.
The lid went on. Eight hours later I switched the trays.
This recipe calls for 24 hours of dehydrating. Maybe the "cookies" are supposed to be bigger, I don't know. Mine were done in about 12 or 13 hours.
Do I like them? I'm not really sure. Mostly what I seem to taste is raisins that taste almost burnt from being overly dried out. Will I make
them again? Probably not. It was an interesting idea, and I'll try almost anything - once.
Click below for the recipe: