Recipe by Carol
"This recipe is for those of you who wish to make your own almond paste. I prefer making my own. When I feel lazy, I purchase it in specialty stores. Rose water can be substituted for the almond extract, and can be purchased in Middle Eastern stores, or maybe even health food stores."
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1 (16 ounce) package
This recipe is just a little off. It should be 3 cups of powdered sugar and 2 egg whites and a pinch of salt. That works much better.
I followed directions completely, and this is easy to mix up-but I think I will continue to buy the stuff from the store as I prefer the taste of the store bought over this recipe. This paste seemed a little runny and I had oozing of egg white and sugar from the sides of my pastry which took away from the appearance of the finished product.
Almond paste is so expensive to buy - I called the local baking supply stores and got prices from $16 to $20 a pound. The almonds cost $4 and the sugar was probably $2, plus two egg whites and a little almond oil - maybe anyother buck. So it turned out to cost about $7 a pound making it myself, plus the time.
It was pretty easy to make. When the ground almonds, sugar and eggs are combined, the mixture looks quite shaggy and needs a good kneading.
It's hard to understand what 12 servings means; it would be better to say how many cups or pounds it makes.
I used it in pignoli cookies, which calls for more sugar and eggs, plus pine nuts to cover the tops. They came out great.
I made this with good results following the original recipe. I used this almond paste in an almond shortbread recipe and no one could tell the difference.
I haven't actually made this particular recipe. Honey has always been used in my family. It makes a thick paste that is easier to handle and tastes better. Try Almond Paste II.
mine turned out AWESOME the only thing i did different was i blended it in my food processor, i haven't used the paste yet but it looks beautiful!
This recipe was exactly what I was looking for. Thank you, Matt
Excellent recipe although I used only two egg whites after reading reviews it was too sticky. Works beautifully! I even blanched my raw almonds to get started. A pound of almond paste for less then $3!
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Serving Size: 1/12 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 12
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 173
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