A few tips when making homemade almond paste:
You must use almonds with no skins. You can buy them whole or slivered or
blanch them yourself. Do not use sliced almonds because they usually have a
small bit on skin on them that will darken your almond paste.
How to Blanch Almonds:
Bring water to a boil in a small saucepan. Add the almonds and simmer for 1
minute. Drain the almonds and rinse under cold water. Rub each almond
between your thumb and forefinger and the almond will pop out of the skin.
Almonds to be made into almond paste must be dry. Spread the blanched
almonds on a kitchen towel and allow them to air dry for about an hour.
Basic Recipe for Almond Paste
I like this recipe because you can make any amount of almond paste
that you need by simply using the same ratio of almonds to sugar.
Use 1/2 teaspoon more of almond extract for every 1/2 cup increase in
almonds and then add a little more egg white to hold the mixture
Use equal amounts of blanched almonds and granulated sugar by weight
For example: To make about 5 ounces of almond paste
Use 1/2 cup of blanched almonds (weight approx. 2.5 ounces) with 2.5
ounces of sugar. Add 1/2 teaspoon almond extract. Add egg white, one
tablespoon at a time, until the mixture comes together. If you need 1 cup
of almond paste, simply measure your almonds in a measuring cup first.
Then weigh the cup of almonds and add an equal weight of sugar.
Put blanched almonds and sugar in the bowl of a food processor.
Process for about 1 minute until the almonds are finely ground, almost
like a powder. Add the almond extract. With the machine running, begin
to add the egg whites through the feed tube until the mixture forms a ball.
Another Recipe for Almond Paste
Makes a more pliable paste:
1 cup blanched almonds
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg white
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon almond extract
In a food processor, process the almonds and sugar until powdery, about
1 minute. Add the egg white, butter, and extract.
Process until the mixture forms a ball.
(Makes about 1-1/4 cups or 11 ounces)