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Can I use almond flour/meal to make almond paste?

I'd like to try a cake that calls for almond paste. As usual, I didn't plan this out and didn't buy almond paste. I've seen recipes for homemade almond paste using whole almonds as well, but all I have on hand is almond flour. Can I use this to make almond paste, or should I just suck it up and go to the grocery store and get almonds or almond paste? Thanks!

asked by Stephanie B. about 1 month ago
3 answers 291 views
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Lindsay-Jean Hard

Lindsay-Jean is a Contributing Writer & Editor at Food52.

added about 1 month ago

I think you can use almond flour, as it's usually made from just blanched almonds, which is what homemade almond paste recipes call for, like this one: https://food52.com/recipes...

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added about 1 month ago

Look for a recipe that gives the almond amount by weight and you should be able to sub 1:1. I would recommend that you use the blanched almond flour. I once made almond paste when all I had was the meal--which has the skins ground in along with the almonds--and it looked mottled and the texture was more coarse. It tasted fine but didn't look as pretty.

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added about 1 month ago

Thanks! I've got a scale and lots of blanched almond flour so it seems I'm set!

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