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Wednesday
Dec162009

Cake Quandary: What To Do With Leftover Almond Paste

Delicious Almond Paste!
How many times has this happened to you: a delicious recipe calls for not quite a full can of almond paste, and now you're left with a strange amount, not quite enough to make a full recipe of something, but enough that you feel like you want to use it for something. Is it fated to wither away in your fridge? Not necessarily. Here are several suggestions (from readers and around the internet) for utilizing a small amount of almond paste:

  • Roll it into little balls, the size of your thumb fingernail, then roll in either cinnamon or cocoa for rich, addictive little morsels.
  • Mix it with equal parts of mascarpone and spread on toast or an english muffin.
  • Spread it onto a piece of foil, lightly toast it in an oven or toaster oven. Crumble and sprinkle over the top of an amaretto cocktail with crushed ice.
  • Soften it and swirl into brownies or cupcakes for a light, nutty flavor.
  • Put it on the bottom of an apple pie, just on top of the lower crust. Or do a free-form galette. Yummy heaven. (via chou_in )
  • Dip it in chocolate and eat it whole. (via loveandoliveoil)
  • Use it like marzipan to form into small creatures! (via scifi_girl21 )
  • Add it to pancakes in the morning, either in the batter with a little almond extract or as a topping with a little chocolate.
  • Mix it with chopped almonds and chunky chocolate and put in puff pastry.
  • Add it to any cookie dough recipe-- it would enhance flavor without changing consistency.  (via jenniferkateab )
  • Use it to turn a plain butter cake into an almond cake. Cream the almond paste with the butter (add in small increments) for 3 minutes and then proceed with the recipe as directed. (via lapastrychef )

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Reader Comments (9)

Ooo what yummy ideas! i make my own and always make too much so I bake it as a lattice on the top of an apple pie, because it has egg whites in it goes all meringue-y so dreamy!

December 17 | Unregistered CommenterZia Meadows

This is so timely for me, Jessie! I just got a tin of almond paste in a parcel a blogger sent me full of baking ingredients, and I was wondering what the heck to do with it! Thank you for the ideas!

December 17 | Unregistered CommenterWandering Coyote

I've even seen it used as a filling in pre-made crescent rolls!! slather it on before you bake 'em--delish!!

December 17 | Unregistered CommenterCupcakesOMG

Fantastic ideas - especially the Mascarpone idea.

:)
ButterYum

December 17 | Unregistered CommenterButterYum

Pillbury crescent rolls and chocolate! Place a strip of marsipan and some chucks of chocolate on the crescent. Roll up and bake. Man, these are so awsome, you'll wonder how you ever lived without!

Cheers...
SG

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