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Cherry Brown Butter Bars- can I add almonds?

eviemichael Jul 7, 2010 12:52 AM

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. eviemichael RE: eviemichael Jul 7, 2010 01:12 AM

    Or I might make this: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

    1. chowser RE: eviemichael Jul 7, 2010 04:17 AM

      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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        eviemichael RE: chowser Jul 7, 2010 08:27 AM

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

      2. chef chicklet RE: eviemichael Jul 7, 2010 08:47 AM

        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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          eviemichael RE: chef chicklet Jul 7, 2010 08:50 AM

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

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            chowser RE: chef chicklet Jul 7, 2010 08:51 AM

            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
              greygarious RE: chowser Jul 7, 2010 09:09 AM

              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.

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                chowser RE: greygarious Jul 7, 2010 11:27 AM

                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
                  greygarious RE: chowser Jul 7, 2010 11:58 AM

                  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...

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                    chowser RE: greygarious Jul 7, 2010 12:04 PM

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

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                      buttertart RE: chowser Jul 8, 2010 10:51 AM

                      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
                        chowser RE: buttertart Jul 8, 2010 11:07 AM

                        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.

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                          buttertart RE: chowser Jul 8, 2010 11:08 AM

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

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                            chowser RE: buttertart Jul 8, 2010 11:10 AM

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

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                              buttertart RE: chowser Jul 8, 2010 11:15 AM

                              Yes, wherever the packaged nuts are.

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                                greygarious RE: chowser Jul 8, 2010 11:30 AM

                                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...

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                                  chowser RE: greygarious Jul 8, 2010 11:34 AM

                                  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.

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                                    buttertart RE: greygarious Jul 8, 2010 11:55 AM

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

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                      Caitlin McGrath RE: greygarious Jul 7, 2010 07:30 PM

                      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.

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