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    ALMOND - FLAVOUR OF THE MONTH

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    JoyfulCook
    Fri Nov 30, 2012 3:23 am
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    The almond is one of the most versatile nuts in the world. We eat many varieties in many diverse forms. Almonds are delicious alone as a nutritious snack, and they are a prime ingredient in home kitchens and in food manufacturing. Almonds enhance virtually every food they grace with their distinctive taste and satisfying crunch.

    The Romans showered newlyweds with almonds as a fertility charm. Today, guests at many weddings are given a bag of sugared almonds, representing children, happiness, romance, good health and fortune.

    ALMOND NIBBLES
    Such a lovely choice of nibbles for you to choose, they are really delightful and quite easy to make ahead of time as well!



    Sugared Spiced Nuts
    Sugared Cinnamon Almonds
    Cinnamon Sugared Almonds

    Candied Sugared Almonds (German Gebrannte Mandeln)
    Vanilla Sugared Almonds
    Aunt Isea's Sugared Almonds

    ALMOND PASTE AND MARZIPAN

    There is nothing nicer than making your own almond paste for that special cake, its not hard to make and totally delicious




    Almond Paste
    Almond Paste or Marzipan
    Scandinavian Style Almond Paste

    MARZIPAN CANDY AND SWEETS

    I remember painted marzipan tiny fruits in a very fancy box as a child and was always amazed at how pretty they are! here are a few recipes for you to try your hand at. Is so worth the effort and they can be kept for quite a few days in a plastic container

    Marzipan Snowball Truffles (Vegan)
    Marzipan Stuffed Dates
    Manzapades (Lemon Marzipan)
    Marzipan Truffles
    Chocolate Marzipan Slices (Mandulas Szalami)



    Make Your Own Marzipan Decorations - Its Easy!

    Marzipan modeling is like playing with play dough except that you can eat it... and it's delicious! An almond-tasting candy in fun shapes and colors.

    200g ground almonds
    200g icing sugar (confectioners)
    3 drops vanilla essence
    2 egg whites
    Food coloring (optional)

    This method is best used for preparing modeling marzipan.
    
Sift the powdered sugar into a bowl on top of the ground almonds



Add remaining ingredients. Mix together to make a stiff paste.
    You can use a little water mixed with brandy instead of the egg whites if you do not want to eat raw eggs.
Knead until smooth.

    Almond butter is delicious and I am sure that this recipe will be just ideal


    Yummy Almond Butter With 3 Variations

    ALMOND CHICKEN

    Easy to make and easier to enjoy, just try a few of these recipes and you will be enjoying something quite different with little extra effort.




    Oven Fried Almond Chicken
    Chicken in Yogurt and Almond Curry
    Almond Chicken


    Chicken Tagine With Apricots and Almonds
    Orange Chicken with Almonds
    Honey-Glazed Chicken Breasts With Rosemary and Toasted Almonds

    ALMOND COOKIES

    Almond cooking seem to have been around forever and were first made thousands of years ago as offerings to the Gods and with a flavour like this you can see why. Once essence was available it made it easier to make even more recipes




    Almond Roca Cookies
    Almond Spritz Press Cookies

    Almond Butter Cookies
    Almond Butter Cookies
    Almond Bread (Cookie/Biscotti)

    ALMOND CAKES

    The taste of almond in cakes is perfectly delightful and adds a dellicious flavour. There are some lovely recipes here for cakes and even more on Food.com



    Southwestern Chipotle Chili With Black Beans and Corn
    Lemon Ricotta-Almond Cake ( Gluten-Free )
    Cream Cheese Almond Coffee Cake

    Almond Butter Cake
    Italian Almond Cake - Giada De Laurentiis
    Chocolate, Pistachio, Almond Cake (Rich and Easy)

    Please share you recipes, ideas and specially your tips here as we can never learn enough.


    Last edited by JoyfulCook on Mon Dec 31, 2012 10:43 am, edited 1 time in total
    **Tinkerbell**
    Sat Dec 01, 2012 10:14 am
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    Great flavor, Joy! We love almonds and as long as I'm not feeding any of the two families we know that can't have nuts, I'll throw almond extract into just about anything! My DH has always been a marzipan addict, but for some reason I've never made it for him. icon_confused.gif
    I say that like I really don't know why. Actually, I do. I can't make anything but a ball or a cube out of playdough, so I'm guessing that anything I try to mold out of marzipan isn't going to look like delicate little foods and facial features.
    Maybe I'll just have to tackle my fear this year and give it a try. What a surprise that would be for him! icon_biggrin.gif

    Here are some of our favorites, and if the length of this list isn't an indication of how much we love almond.... I don't know what is! icon_lol.gif




    Raw Vegan Lemon Cranberry Cheesecake
    Lorilyn's Baked Strawberry French Toast
    Chocolate Almond Tiramisu Crepes




    Holiday Almond Roca
    Cherry Almond Bars
    Cherry-Almond Roll



    Quick Cherry Cobbler
    Valentine's Day Krispie Treat Hearts
    Cherry Cloud Tiramisu



    Cocoa Krispie Football Treats
    Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookies
    Filled Strawberry Cheesecakes
    JoyfulCook
    Sun Dec 02, 2012 2:36 am
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    Tinks, I have saved nearly half of those icon_lol.gif there is such a a choice and almonds features a lot in so many great dishes. can your family eat recipes with imitation essence?

    thanks so much for posting those - yum!!
    Sage
    Mon Dec 03, 2012 8:06 am
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    Almonds are one of the healthy food; I always have a container of flavored almonds sitting on my coffee table.Almost everyone who comes over has a sample. Great choices Tinks.
    stormylee
    Mon Dec 03, 2012 8:47 am
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    Oh JoyfulCook, I'm not sure if I should thank you for posting the recipes for almond paste or not! icon_lol.gif It's one of the things I've been happy to buy from the store, thinking it must be difficult to make, but now that I look at the recipes... making it from scratch doesn't seem that daunting at all!

    I've been on an inevitable almond kick lately - almonds are such an integral part of the Nordic Christmas season as they go into the omnipresent glögg as well as the all-important rice pudding. I just made Almond Cinnamon Rolls, and used the leftover almond paste to make this beautiful Almond Torte.



    The photo in no way makes justice to the wonderfully moist and rich (hence the thin slice!) torte! Next up on my almondy baking list: Mazarin Tart. yummy.gif
    **Tinkerbell**
    Mon Dec 03, 2012 10:35 am
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    JoyfulCook wrote:
    Tinks, I have saved nearly half of those icon_lol.gif there is such a a choice and almonds features a lot in so many great dishes. can your family eat recipes with imitation essence?

    thanks so much for posting those - yum!!


    My family can eat any of it, but I have two friends with kids who cannot have any contact with tree nuts at all. I don't even cook with nuts when they're coming over, even if it would be easy to tell them not to eat the item.
    BecR
    Mon Dec 03, 2012 4:26 pm
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    **Tinkerbell**
    Mon Dec 03, 2012 4:35 pm
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    Bec, your rice pudding photo is SO beautiful! yummy.gif
    **Tinkerbell**
    Mon Dec 03, 2012 4:40 pm
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    stormy, I put the Almond Cinnamon Rolls straight into my cookbook. Your almond torte looks delish too! I don't mind having to make a recipe to use as an ingredient in the recipe I want to make, but I love when there is another recipe on hand to use up the leftover homemade ingredient! icon_smile.gif
    Sage
    Mon Dec 03, 2012 4:46 pm
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    I thought I could add my Almond Cake from Albufeira, Portugal
    Really good. Hope i am allowed to do that.
    Rita
    **Tinkerbell**
    Mon Dec 03, 2012 5:18 pm
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    Another yummy in my tummy just went into my cookbook! Thanks for sharing that one, Rita.
    It looks so easy and I love the idea of almond syrup!

    I'm almost finished with a bottle of ginger syrup that Papa Sid sent me during the Stocking Swap a couple years ago, and I am SO sad! I'm gonna have to find another bottle of that stuff.
    Sage
    Mon Dec 03, 2012 5:49 pm
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    I love all kinds of ginger, but never heard of ginger syrup; what is it.
    **Tinkerbell**
    Mon Dec 03, 2012 8:54 pm
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    Sage wrote:
    I love all kinds of ginger, but never heard of ginger syrup; what is it.


    It's more like a pancake syrup, rather than a simple syrup I would make for cocktails.
    The brand I was given is from the Ginger People, and I found several places to buy it, but the link below is the best price.

    I thought I would use it a couple times as a novelty, and then maybe use it only in tea from then on. As it turns out, I have used it in everything from marinades to candies. Pretty much anything that I want fresh ginger for, I've tried the ginger syrup instead. And any recipe that calls for honey or maple syrup I've used it instead. It's so yummy!

    Ginger Syrup from the Ginger People
    JoyfulCook
    Tue Dec 04, 2012 2:20 am
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    StormyleeI’m glad that I did, marzipan really is easy to make and so much nicer than store bought.
    I love all the traditions in Europe ad the traditional recipes as well, that torte -I have saved that recipe icon_smile.gif

    Rita, the more that add their recipes the better, thats how the word gets around and it looks great too

    Tinks, its such a worry with allergies these days. I have a friend who has a nut and mustard allergy - sure keeps me on my toes, yes, if he is coming over, I dont put anything out for anyone that has these ingredients in them. saves all the worry

    Thanks for that Ginger Syrup recipe Tinks - we love ginger
    Amberngriffinco
    Tue Dec 18, 2012 7:34 pm
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    love almond!

    i actually added the extract to my Tollhouse cookies the o ther day..mmm
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