Friday, June 3, 2011

Moist Almond Paste Squares

At the last minute, Carmen had whipped up these squares with leftover almond paste. They were an afterthought, secondary to a dessert with colorful, flashy icing. After my first bite however, I knew which dessert was the silent star of the evening. These squares are moist, not tooth-achingly sweet, and possess a hint of classy almond flavor. Don't pass on them because of their plain jane, cornbread looks. Or keep it under wraps to save more for yourself.


Almond Paste Squares
(Adapted from

1 1/4 cups almond meal
1/2 cup icing sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon almond extract

1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 cup butter
1 cup flour
1/2 cup oil [Thao – we were out of vegetable oil, so I substituted with 1/2 cup yogurt]
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 eggs

Preheat oven to 350°F.

To make almond paste, mix almond meal, 1/4 cup of granulated sugar and icing sugar. Without whipping, combine egg with the almond extract. Combine almond and egg mixtures until smooth.

Beat together almond paste, 1/2 cup of sugar, 2 eggs and vanilla extract until smooth.

Beat together butter, flour, oil, 1/2 cup of sugar, baking powder, and 3 eggs until smooth.

Combine both mixtures.

Grease a 9" x 13" pan and evenly pour in mixture.

Bake for 30 to 45 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.

1 comment:

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