Have you tried making your own almond paste? Nothing daunting about the whole process, really. This almond paste recipe will make you realize that homemade almond paste is just as good as the supermarket ones — maybe even better!
Almond paste is used in TONS of Swedish desserts. Ever since I moved to Stockholm, I stopped buying it from supermarkets. I reckon, I use it all the time anyway, so might as well make it myself, right?
I was even more happy when we moved to Frankfurt and I saw that it’s common in German treats as well. So, if you haven’t tried making it at home yet, you can start right now. 🙂
HOW TO MAKE ALMOND PASTE
I CANNOT FIND ANY ALMOND MEAL, IS THERE A WAY TO USE WHOLE ALMONDS INSTEAD?
Yep, just blanch the whole almonds and use a food processor to turn them into them into an almost powdery texture. I used to do it this way, before I discovered almond meal in Stockholm.
CAN I USE ALMOND FLOUR INSTEAD OF ALMOND MEAL IN THIS ALMOND PASTE RECIPE?
I am not sure to be honest – I think it would work, but (full disclosure), I have not actually done it. If anyone has used almond flour, please let us know how it turned out in the comment section.
IF I AM USING WHOLE ALMONDS, CAN I SKIP THE BLANCHING?
I have actually tried this. I meant, in Frankfurt, I have seen two kinds of almond meal – one using blanched almonds, and another one using almonds with skin.
I have no problem with the almond meal that’s got almond skin. I actually like the slight bitterness in the flavor, almost like adding a drop of bitter almond extract. But if you don’t want this, then make sure you blanch them.
IS IT OK TO USE REGULAR SUGAR FOR THIS HOMEMADE ALMOND PASTE?
Yes. In this recipe (and video), I have used regular white sugar. If you look closer, you would see bits of sugar granules in the paste. If you want the texture to be finer, then use caster sugar instead.
Also, it depends on how you’re going to use the almond paste. For me, I use them mostly for Swedish desserts, and for some German ones – and having a less than fine texture is definitely not a problem.
HOW LONG CAN I STORE A HOMEMADE ALMOND PASTE?
You can keep the paste in the refrigerator for about a month; but it has to be wrapped tightly in a plastic. If you want to keep it longer, place it in the freezer and they would be good for six months.
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VIDEO ON HOW TO MAKE ALMOND PASTE
- 200 ml almond meal (about 2 cups)
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup powdered sugar
- 3 to 5 tsp milk
In a food processor, mix together almond meal, sugar and powdered sugar.
Add 3 tsp of milk. Mix.
If the texture is still too dry, add another teaspoon of milk (and so on). NOTE: I have never used more than 5 tsp of milk.
Form a roll of the almond paste.
Cover tightly with plastic wrap.
Store in refrigerator (or freezer for longer time).
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