Monday, April 04, 2011
Almond paste taste-test
A few weeks ago, at the sourdough class at Petite France, we were invited to a small taste-test. Sébastien had his own almond paste, made with almonds that he heats up, sugar, and nothing else. And he ordered two types of commercial almond paste, both very popular with bakeries. One was very cheap, and one was the most expensive one you could get, but both contained a lot more ingredients than just almonds and sugar.
Not surprisingly, his was the best. By far. The cheap one tasted strongly of bitter almonds and apricot kernels, and the expensive one, while better, still didn't taste very much of almonds.
Lesson? Make your own. It's really simple, all you need is a food processor, almond and sugar. About equal amounts should do it. Grind the almonds, add sugar and process until you have a thick paste. Done!