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Cherry Brown Butter Bars- can I add almonds?

This is probably a silly question and I assume its fine to add the almonds, but I just want to make sure...

I am making this recipe tonight as a contribution for our group while we watch the soccer game tonight: http://smittenkitchen.com/2009/06/che...

I have a million cherries in the fridge! Anyway, I love almond with cherries- I could just add almond extract, but I was thinking of adding sliced almonds into the batter. After the brown butter cools a bit, I can just stir it in, right? Or will they burn while baking?

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    1. Those look great. I'd add both the extract and the almonds but I'd probably just add the almonds to the top before baking.

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      1. re: chowser

        Thanks! I decided to make the cake and it smells sooo good. Hope it goes over well tonight. Thanks again chowser!

      2. Lucky kids!
        Thanks for posting the link, I have to make these. but first I need the little cherry pitter. The bings coming into the markets here are beautiful and sweet this year. From the photos the bars are really tempting just as they are. Personally I would not add the almonds, but they would certainly work. Almond extract tastes entirely different than the natural almond. I'd leave it out too as vanilla would be my choice. Rememeber these are all personal preferences, you should always do what you like! In my family whenever I add almond extract to cookies or whatever, I get flack from my peanut gallery.

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        1. re: chef chicklet

          I pitted the cherries by hand! Yeah...I need to buy a pitter...

          1. re: chef chicklet

            I was thinking it would be good w/ some kind of marzipan. I love cherry almond combinations. But, I like almond extract--maybe I've had too many almond cookies in the past.

            1. re: chowser

              Both almonds and almond extract are naturals with stone fruits. They are related to almonds and their pits taste almondy. Amaretti cookies are made from apricot kernels, not almonds. I can't get enough of apricots dried with the pits still inside - something that an online grower sells in very limited supply each year. They combine an oaky, amaretto flavor with that of the apricot.

              1. re: greygarious

                Interesting--I've only had amaretti cookies made with almonds, never with apricot kernels. I'm going to have to keep my eye open for them and dried apricots with pits

                1. re: chowser

                  The ingredient list for the traditional Lazarroni amaretti that come in the can does not contain almonds. Scroll down to product description: http://www.amazon.com/Lazzaroni-Amare...

                  1. re: greygarious

                    Thanks--I'll bet I can find these locally at an italian store. I'll have to look out for them.

                    1. re: chowser

                      You can buy these in Chinese stores - I think the packages are labeled in English (have some, will check) but the nuts themselves look like much smaller than regular blanched almonds.

                      1. re: buttertart

                        Thanks--I'll bet I've seen them there because they look familiar. I rarely buy cookies but will keep an eye out for them.

                        1. re: chowser

                          Oops I mean the apricot pits, not the cookies made from them.

                          1. re: buttertart

                            Oh, okay, thanks--I'll look for those, then, I assume in the dried fruit snack section that has dried watermelon seeds, too?

                            1. re: chowser

                              Yes, wherever the packaged nuts are.

                              1. re: chowser

                                Before you do, read up on toxicity issue, if you are someone who is cautious about such matters. For example: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/art...

                                1. re: greygarious

                                  You know, that did cross my mind because I know apple seeds have cyanide, too. I can't imagine eating many of them, with my TMJ anyway, but thanks for the warning.

                                  1. re: greygarious

                                    Good point, I only use a few for flavor and use almonds for the balance.

                    2. re: greygarious

                      Likewise, amaretto liqueur is made from apricot pits. For this recipe, I'd probably sprinkle sliced almonds over the top before baking, and add a bit of extract.