Almond Paste With Variations
This recipe yields about 1 pound.
Oranges Almond Paste: Knead or process 1/2 recipe Almond Paste with grated zest of 1 orange or tangerine, 1 drop orange food coloring and 2 teaspoons orange flower water or 1 tablespoon orange liqueur until well blended. (Use food color sparingly by adding with a toothpick dipped into food coloring.)
USE THE ALMOND PASTES IN:Dates With Orange Almond Paste: Allow about 2 teaspoons almond paste per date. Slit dates lengthwise, carefully open them and remove seed. Roll piece of almond paste in your hand to make lozenge shape about same length as date. Slip paste into date and gently close flesh around paste, without covering completely. Finish with any or all of the following garnishes: rolling in superfine sugar, setting piece of candied citrus peel on top of almond paste or embedding piece into it, adding lightly toasted almond or walnut to top, then dusting in superfine sugar, or garnishing with fresh or candied orange blossoms.
Black Sphinx Or Medjool Dates With Rose Almond Paste: Allow 2 to 3 teaspoons almond paste for these large, luscious dates. Slit dates in two lengthwise and remove seeds. Roll almond paste into lozenge shape and place in date. Gently press sides of dates against paste to secure them, but don't completely cover paste. Finish with any or all of the following garnishes: Embed whole, peeled green pistachio in almond paste, roll in superfine sugar, brush additional rose water over paste to emphasize flavor, garnish with chopped pistachio nuts and candied rose petals, garnish with pomegranate<
Orange-Almond Candies: These resemble miniature oranges. If you have candied angelica, you can use it, instead of mint, for the "leaves." If you have homemade candied citrus peels, use them rather than commercially prepared orange peels. Grapefruit or tangerine can be used in place of orange. Knead 1 cup Orange Almond Paste with 2 to 4 tablespoons candied orange or other citrus peel until evenly blended. Then, working 1 tablespoon at a time, roll paste into balls. Flatten balls just slightly so that they'll stand. Roll balls in superfine sugar, then dimple all over with toothpick. Add two small mint leaves to
Yield: 1 pound