Substituting blanched almond flour for almond paste?
I have a couple of holiday cake recipes that call for almond paste (one is a light fruitcake, the other is rainbow cookies), but I have 2lbs of blanched almond flour that I bought from Surfas last month that I was hoping to use up.
Is there any way that I can substitute blanched almond flour and sugar for the almond paste? Any idea what ratios would work?
I would start with the almond flour, half as much sugar by weight (or probably a third by volume, granulated sugar is around 7 oz per cup, I think almond flour is around 5), a little almond extract, maybe a small amount of oil, and then something sticky to get it together into that firm paste - honey or corn syrup. (I would use honey because I think corn syrup is gross, but you might not want that flavor.) Try a small batch either in a stand mixer or food processor and see if you think it'll work.
Almond paste is usually equal amounts almonds & powdered sugar. Sometime egg whites are added to make it more moist. Others use corn syrup or glucose.
Some almond extract added at the end & usually I'll add some orange zest depending on wht I'm using it for