How to Blanch Almonds

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Tomorrow I am going to make one of my favourite cakes, a flourless orange and almond cake.

This is not the most frugal of cakes as it requires 250 g or 8 ounces of ground almonds. And ground almonds are very expensive.

Fortunately, whole almonds in their little brown coats, as in the picture above, are significantly less expensive. I prefer to buy almonds this way and blanch them myself, before grinding them in the food processor.

Blanching is a culinary term for the process of removing the almonds' skins. Here's how you do it:

Blanched (peeled) almonds

  1. Weigh the amount of almonds you need and place in a bowl.
  2. Cover the almonds with boiling water.
  3. Wait 5 minutes.
  4. Peel the almonds. The skins should slide off easily. Don't drain the almonds before peeling them or the skin will tighten up; just take them out of the water one by one.

There you go. Beautiful blanched almonds without the expense.

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Stay tuned and tomorrow I'll post the recipe for my flourless orange and almond cake.

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