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Clarissa May 25, 2008 07:36 AM

I've made this cake many times, but it was years ago. The recipe calls for sliced unblanched almonds, ground up very fine. I never had a problem. Yesterday I ground up a batch in my Cuisinart, but they came out in small pieces and not at all fine. They were almost like couscous. So I took another kind of sliced almonds (Trader Joe's skinless) and processed them and they, too, came out in these little pieces like couscous. Today I tried to grind some of each batch up in this little Tribest grinder and they turned into almond butter.

What am I doing wrong? Obviously there's too much oil in the almonds to get them to a fine, almost powdery grind, but I've never had this problem, and I tried two different kinds.

The recipe, by the way, is Rose Levy Berenbaum's Golden Grand Marnier Cake, from The Cake Bible.

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  1. sarah galvin RE: Clarissa May 25, 2008 08:51 AM

    I grind them with powdered sugar (the recipe I use also requires powdered sugar). But if you grind them with some of the sugar or flour from the rest of your recipe, they will grind better. There is too much oil in them to grind alone.

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      Clarissa RE: sarah galvin May 25, 2008 08:34 PM

      Thanks. I added a little flour, and it worked great.

    2. Cheese Boy RE: Clarissa May 25, 2008 10:42 PM

      Clarissa, TJ's sells finely ground almonds. You can find a bag right near where the slivered almonds are. Some TJ locations also stock almond meal.

      Almond meal --> http://www6.netrition.com/bobs_red_mi...

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        Clarissa RE: Cheese Boy May 26, 2008 05:35 PM

        Thanks. I'm putting that on my next TJ's list. I used their slivered almonds and they were amazing.

      2. hot breath RE: Clarissa May 28, 2008 05:14 PM

        I used to have a little (I think it was) Krups coffee grinder that I used for grinding nuts and spices. This worked well for grinding almonds.

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          Clarissa RE: hot breath May 30, 2008 07:39 AM

          I have one of those too, and I've never used it. I ground these in a Tribest mini-blender, but I'll try my coffee grinder next time. Good idea.

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