Why would you want to make your own almond paste, you ask?
Well, first of all it’s SUPER EASY. And, it’s so…much less expensive than what you’d spend on a commercially prepared pound of almond paste I just took a look on-line and you’ll spend anywhere from $10 to $14 to buy a pound of almond paste. No telling what it costs in the grocery store. You can make this for less than half of that.
And, YOU control the quality of the ingredients on top of that. You’ll feel so accomplished that you made something that seems so…well – professional.
The only true difference may be that with commercially produced almond paste, the grind is super fine, but for most purposes, the coarser grind is absolutely fine.
You will need a food processor or a great blender. I have a Cuisinart and a Vitamix (a relatively new addition that I have no idea how I lived without). For this recipe, I used my trusty Cuisinart – Love this piece of equipment.
With almond paste, you can make so many amazing pastries and cookies – coconut macaroons, pear or apple frangipane, almond bread pudding – to name a few. I’ll be coming back to this staple from time-to-time so put this secret in your back pocket. Your family and guests will be impressed with your expertise.
And, if you want to simplify this process, buy blanched almonds. But, I will say it’s a pretty fun task – popping those skins off the almonds. They slip off so easily. I’ve popped quite a few almonds across the room making this. If you have kids, I think they’d have a blast with this.