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almond paste

Categories: Herbs & Spices, Nuts

A mixture of blanched ground almonds, sugar and glycerin or other liquid. Almond extract is sometimes added to intensify the flavor. Almond paste is used in a variety of confections and is less sweet and slightly coarser than marzipan. 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. Almond paste is available in most supermarkets in cans and plastic packages. Bitter-almond paste is used to flavor the famous amaretti cookies.