What is almond paste?


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Almond paste is a mixture of ground almonds, sugar and a liquid binder (often glycerin, cooking oil or heavy cream). Almond paste is very similar to marzipan, but it is slightly coarser and not as sweet.

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Almond paste is generally used as a filling in pastries, and is also sometimes found in chocolate.

Food Network provides a simple recipe for making approximately 2 cups of almond paste. Put 3 tablespoons of sugar, one-quarter of a cup of honey and one-third of a cup plus 2 teaspoons of water into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove the boiling sugar from the heat and pour over 3 cups plus 3 tablespoons of coarsely ground almonds and blend until smooth. Wrap the almond paste in plastic wrap and allow it to cool. When ready to use, mix in one-quarter of a cup of butter to make the paste smoother and less sticky.

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