Recipes using Almond Extract
- Cheese Boy Jul 16, 2007 08:21 PM
I've got an unopened bottle of Almond extract sitting around and collecting dust. Can anyone suggest some tried & true recipes ??? Cookies, cakes, whipped creams, drinks, ...
you name it, I'll try it...! Btw, it's the imitation stuff (McCormick's) ... TIA.
You can always make "amaretto" cookies which taste not as good as the real kind but still nonetheless interesting. Blanch 2 cups of almonds (remove skins or use the skinless kind and skip the blanching), dry and then grind in a food processor (I like to leave mine slightly chunky though the original is a fine almond powder). Add 1 cup of granulated sugar and mix, add 1 tsp of your almond extract. Beat 2 egg whites until stiff and fold it into the almond mix. Shape it into balls and you can let it dry so that it can have a dryer more crumbly texture but I just throw mine into the oven right away. Bake 325 F for about 15 min. If you don't let it dry it attains a sort of chewy texture which I enjoy.
And there's always Galleygirl's pear tart thing with the addition of about 1 tsp of almond extract.
It enhances the taste of peaches and cherries. Add a little if you bake them or make some sort of compote. Some lemon juice and cinnamon are also good in this.
Agree with others that it goes great with fruit. I'm not a big vanilla fan, and often use a hint of almond instead-- goes well in something simple like clafouti with fruit and egg! I generally use the pure one, though, and am not so sure about how the imitation one is.