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May 25, 2008 07:36 AM

Problem grinding sliced almonds

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. 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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    1. re: sarah galvin

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

    2. 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.

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      1. re: Cheese Boy

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

      2. 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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        1. re: hot breath

          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.