Something Sweet Challenge To Use Almonds
The biggest challenge for me is to bake something new. I have my trusted cake recipe and so I tend to stick to that once a week for our post dinner treat. So, to challenge myself I have taken the first recipe out of my file. This week, the Challenge To Use Almonds has been set for Something Sweet.
Remember, if you take part in the challenge you must link back to my blog, and leave a comment here for me to let me know you have done the challenge.
Almonds are native to the Middle East and are usually purchased out of the shell. I tend to buy raw, whole, unpeeled almonds to use for my recipes. But, you can buy blanched, nibs or slivered, if you don’t like the colour the skin adds. You can roast or smoke almonds to eat as a snack, if you don’t like them raw. Almonds are used to produce almond milk as well as flour. And marzipan is also made from this nut. Almonds boast an impressive nutrient profile containing fibre, protein, fat, Vitamin E, Manganese, Magnesium, Copper, Vitamin B2 and Phosphorus.. A small handful is worth 161 calories and 2.5 grams of digestible carbohydrates.
More about almonds
The fruit of the almond is called a drupe and consists of an outer hull and a hard shell with the seed. This means it is not a true nut. Blanched almonds are shelled almonds that have been treated with hot water to soften the seed coat, which is then removed to reveal the white embryo. Once they are cleaned and processed, they can be stored over time. Almonds are used in many cuisines, often featuring prominently in desserts, such as marzipan.
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