How to Grate Almond Paste

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How to Grate Almond Paste
Almonds make a delicately flavoured paste that can be used in a variety of desserts. (Thomas Northcut/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Almond paste is an ingredient found in Italian desserts, such as Marzipan. It is made from a mixture of grounds almonds, sugar and egg whites. Almond paste can be found in grocery stores or made from scratch at home. If you are using a recipe that calls for grated almond paste, you may find it difficult to do since the consistency is so soft. There is a quick trick you can use, however, that will make this process very easy.

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Things you need

  • Prepared almond paste
  • Sharp knife
  • Cling film
  • Freezer
  • Hand grater
  • Small bowl

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  1. 1

    Cut a portion of your prepared almond paste using a sharp knife. You will need to estimate how much to cut based on how much grated almond paste your recipe calls for.

  2. 2

    Wrap the cut section of almond paste in cling film.

  3. 3

    Place wrapped almond paste into the freezer for half-an-hour. If it is not solid after the half-hour, leave in freezer and continue checking it every 10 minutes until almond paste is solid.

  4. 4

    Remove solid almond paste from freezer and unwrap.

  5. 5

    Place hand grater over small bowl, and grate almond paste into the bowl. Add to your recipe as called for.

Tips and warnings

  • If almond paste becomes soft while you are grating it, place it back in the freezer until it becomes solid again.

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