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Old 10-23-2013, 08:35 AM   #1
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Almond Paste

Someone brought me some almond paste from Turkey yesterday. Looking at the box they appear to be shaped like small discs. Can these be eaten as is?
I've done a little searching and it appears they are used a lot in baking or for making a paste to cover fish with Which did not look appetizing.
I'm thinking because they appear to be shaped like a small cookie or candy, maybe they are eaten that way. Perhaps to nibble on when drinking coffee, but I am rather clueless about this item.
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Old 10-23-2013, 10:06 AM   #2
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I only know it as an ingredient. Marzipan is a confection that has almond paste as a base with other ingredients. You probably should start your Christmas cookie baking with those almond paste disks.
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Old 10-23-2013, 11:01 AM   #3
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For a simple almond paste cookie preheat you new toaster oven to 325 degrees.

For every eight ounces of almond paste you will need one extra large egg white, 1/2 cup of sugar.

You may also want to have on hand some slivered almonds, maraschino cherries or coarse granulated sugar for decoration.

Break almond paste into a mixing bowl and mix it, using an electric hand mixer, with the sugar until it breaks into small pieces, add the egg white and continue mixing for a couple of minutes until it is moist and sticky. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and drop rounded tablespoons of the mixture onto the baking sheet a couple of inches apart. Decorate with slivered almonds, 1/2 cherry or a sprinkle of sugar. Bake for approx. 25 to 30 minutes. When cool remove from parchment paper and store in an airtight container. This yields about 18 small cookies.
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Old 10-23-2013, 12:51 PM   #4
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suppose it depends on whether they are sweetened or not pac.if they are unsweetened i can easily see them being used in savoury dishes.i add whole/blanched almonds to my lamb tagine.if the paste is sweetened try prising the stones out of dates & replacing them with a sliver of the almond paste.deelish mate!!
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Old 10-23-2013, 02:38 PM   #5
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Shoot. I was hoping they could be eaten as is (assuming I like them).
Thanks for the replies and the recipe, Bea.
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Old 10-23-2013, 03:04 PM   #6
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What makes you say you can't eat them as-is? They're your almond paste discs and it's your kitchen and cup of coffee. Give it a try! Truth be told, I'll sneak a couple of my Merken chocolate melting discs (I use them for the rare times I want to make homemade chocolate - but they keep evaporating ) when I have a craving for chocolate and not a bit of candy in the house.
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Old 10-23-2013, 03:47 PM   #7
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What makes you say you can't eat them as-is? They're your almond paste discs and it's your kitchen and cup of coffee. Give it a try! Truth be told, I'll sneak a couple of my Merken chocolate melting discs (I use them for the rare times I want to make homemade chocolate - but they keep evaporating ) when I have a craving for chocolate and not a bit of candy in the house.
Because I have read anywhere that I can.
I wasn't sure if they were like baker's chocolate or something, only to be used in something or it's nasty.
Just because it's food doesn't mean I'll stick it in my mouth
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Because I have read anywhere that I can.
I wasn't sure if they were like baker's chocolate or something, only to be used in something or it's nasty.
Just because it's food doesn't mean I'll stick it in my mouth
Taste a tiny bit and see if you like it. Then you will also know if there is sugar in it.
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Shoot. I was hoping they could be eaten as is (assuming I like them).
Thanks for the replies and the recipe, Bea.
I suppose you can eat it straight up. Should be OK if you like almonds.
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Old 10-26-2013, 07:01 AM   #10
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um...read the ingredient list, it will tell you if there is sugar in it. I love almod paste, but mine doesn't come in disks.
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