Toasting Ground Almonds?
Posted: 09 December 2007 01:57 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Does anyone know if I can toast almonds that are already ground? I have a lot of ground almond and would like to make a filling for Danish pastries but every recipe I have found call for toasting the nuts first, the grinding then up. Would it make a difference?

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Posted: 09 December 2007 02:07 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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are they pieces of almonds, or are they truly ground, at this point…???

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Posted: 09 December 2007 02:08 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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The flavor is better toasted, but untoasted would be fine too.  You could try putting them in a non-stick skillet on low heat and stir them until you begin the smell the nuts toasting.  Remove them from the heat as soon as you smell this or as soon as it turns the least bit brown.  The residual heat in the skillet will continue to roast them.  They will burn easier when they are ground, so you will have to be careful.  You could try the oven too, but I think it would be harder to monitor than a skillet.

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Posted: 09 December 2007 02:10 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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FYI, it is also possible that they may have already been toasted before they were ground.

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Posted: 09 December 2007 02:13 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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DITTO… I’d use a skillet if the pieces are big enough… they’ll toast in a heartbeat… don’t walk away from them…

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Posted: 09 December 2007 03:31 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Even if they are truly ground, you can probably toast them in a skillet over very low heat and watch them like a hawk.

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Posted: 09 December 2007 03:33 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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No, I don’t think there are any pieces of almonds, they are ground up.

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Posted: 09 December 2007 04:59 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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I’d put them in a low oven, and stir them once in a while. (Stovetop, stuff like this tends to burn when I try it.)

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Posted: 12 December 2007 12:39 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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I agree with everything else said here.  My pointers are:

1. With a skillet, use low heat and stir constantly.  When you start smelling the almonds they are close to done.  Remove after a couple more seconds.

2. Use a low oven, spread the ground nuts on a baking sheet, toast while keeping an eye on it.

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Posted: 13 December 2007 09:59 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Suzy, did you ever try to toast your ground almonds?

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Posted: 13 December 2007 07:19 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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I opt for a skillet over the oven method here - I always seem to forget about them in the oven.  Let your eyes and nose be your assistant and don’t walk away - it will happen very fast.

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