Tag Archives: Almond Paste

FROM OUR FRIENDS – Rainbow Cookies

Rainbow Cookies

This festive “cookie” is really a cake. Like many classic petit fours, Neapolitans are thin layers of rich butter cake sandwiched with jam. Almond paste in the batter keeps the cake moist for a week or more at room temperature, a month or more when frozen.

Don’t be daunted by what appears to be a complicated cake. Now that smaller baking sheets (9 x 13 inches) are available, it’s easy to make uniform shaped layers. Divide the work into two stages. Make the cakes and layer them on one day. Ice and cut them another. A rich chocolate coating is traditional in bakeries where these Rainbow Cookies are sold. Chocolate fudge icing would also work well.

Traditional during the end of year holidays, we like to serve these at special occasions year round.

Here’s our Rainbow Cookie recipe.

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Blog Sighting: Fig Tart with Cornmeal-Olive Oil Crust

Faith Kramer shares her recipe for a Fig Tart with an almond filling over at her blog Blog Appetit.

FROM OUR RECIPE BOX – Cranberry Almond Streusel Muffins


Who doesn’t love the tang of a cranberry muffin? We’ve studded it with almond paste, a great complement to the tartness of the berries. This muffin batter keeps for two days in the refrigerator. Bake small batches in individual muffins cups – we used those made out of silicone – and enjoy fresh, warm muffins for breakfast throughout a long weekend.

Here’s the recipe for Cranberry Almond Streusel Muffins.

FROM OUR RECIPE BOX – Fresh Plum Almond Torte

There is one recipe that the New York Times has published each autumn for over 20 years, Marion Burros’ Plum Torte. Inspired, but not wanting to tinker with such success, we gently adapted her recipe adding almond paste and a few enhancements to the batter.

Plum Almond Torte

When baked in a shallow tart pan, there is room for a generous amount of fruit and the crust is delectably crunchy. We prefer Santa Rosa type plums but prune plums work well. And this recipe would be delicious with plucots should you be fortunate enough to find them in your local market.

Here’s the Fresh Plum Almond Torte recipe.

FROM OUR RECIPE BOX – Almond Milk Rice Pudding

Almond Rice Pudding

Almond milk made from almond paste and water is a refreshing beverage served in Mediterranean countries during the heat of summer. Here it adds a creamy richness and delicate almond flavor to slow-cooked rice pudding. (Do not substitute Marzipan, which would make the pudding too sweet.) Serve this pudding dusted with ground cardamom, or cinnamon, if you prefer. We also like to serve it topped with finely diced ripe pineapple, dried apricots or fresh berries.

Here’s the recipe for Almond Milk Rice Pudding.

 

FROM OUR RECIPE BOX- Plum Crumble Almond Cake

Tartine Bakery in San Francisco is a must-visit for any serious foodie or just those who love a great bakery. We took inspiration for this Plum Crumble Almond Cake from a breakfast cake they sell, a recipe for which appears in their cookbook. Our favorite Almond Tea Cake batter forms the moist base for a layer of plums topped with buttery crumbs.

Plum Almond Cake

You can use an assortment of fruit; peaches, cherries, raspberries, blueberries would all work well. Even a layer of quality fruit preserves could be used in place of the fresh fruit. As much as we’d enjoy this for breakfast, it really makes a perfect summer dessert. Slice it thinly and you can justify a dollop of cream on the side.

Here’s the recipe for Plum Crumble Almond Cake.

FROM OUR RECIPE BOX – Espresso Almond Blondies

The flavors of almond and coffee blend beautifully in these moist and chewy bars.

Espresso Almond Blondies

A touch of espresso glaze adds an extra punch of flavor but can be omitted for a simpler treat. (Chocolate icing would be a welcome enhancement instead.) Rich with chocolate chips, these bars would do well packed in a picnic or in your office lunchbox.

Here’s the recipe for Espresso Almond Blondies.