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tashabear
tashabear
cooking question
I'm making Cinnamon Almonds. Should I blanch the almonds first to remove the skins? I'm thinking no, because the skin will help hold the sugar and cinnamon mixture, but my beloved thinks that the skin will make them bitter.

So, I ask the many fine cooks on my friends list. Thoughts?

i feel: curious curious

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kuzu_no_ha From: kuzu_no_ha Date: December 21st, 2006 06:23 pm (UTC) (base camp)
er..
hmm I always left the skin on myself. In fact I think I'm making this tonight.
Oh how I love that smell!!!
tashabear From: tashabear Date: December 21st, 2006 06:51 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I actually got the idea from the Gluten-Free Girl blog. They sound YUMMY!

Do graham crackers have gluten?
tashabear From: tashabear Date: December 21st, 2006 06:53 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Never mind; I found the answer.
kuzu_no_ha From: kuzu_no_ha Date: December 21st, 2006 07:27 pm (UTC) (base camp)
sadly yes they do. I have found a recipe to make my own and I will attempt it at some point.

I made a batch of the almonds! They are almost done. *yarm*

Great idea Tasha!
tashabear From: tashabear Date: December 21st, 2006 07:34 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Happy to help!
rufinia From: rufinia Date: December 21st, 2006 06:31 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Most candied almonds I've had have the skin on.

I, however, REALLY LIKE blanching almonds. I don't know why, but I do.
xianghua From: xianghua Date: December 21st, 2006 06:36 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Skin on, I think.
beard5 From: beard5 Date: December 21st, 2006 06:36 pm (UTC) (base camp)
My experience with making any kind of candied almond (sugared, spiced, cajun etc) was to get the skins off the almonds first. Although the skin does provide more tooth for the egg white to hold to.

I never blanched the almonds, just vigorous rubbing with a paper towel (or linen kitchen towel) took the skins off fine, and a little left on wasn't a problem.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: December 21st, 2006 06:47 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I could do some skins on and some skins off... I have lots.
redsquirrel From: redsquirrel Date: December 21st, 2006 07:03 pm (UTC) (base camp)
You could do it either way. Blanched almonds are a little bland, the slight bitterness from the skin highlights the sweetness of the sugar and keeps it from being too cloying. Although if you use enough cinnamon it will serve the same purpose.

Go ahead and try them both ways, as you mentioned below. Then note down your favorites when you save the recipe.

Me, I hate blanching almonds. Too much work for me. I either by the pre-blanched kind or try to get a minion to do it for me (difficult, there is a great shortage of minions around here).
tashabear From: tashabear Date: December 21st, 2006 07:18 pm (UTC) (base camp)
the slight bitterness from the skin highlights the sweetness of the sugar and keeps it from being too cloying.

That's what I told the husband. He makes great soup, but on the baking/sweets side of the kitchen, he's not so strong. That's my department.
ciorstan From: ciorstan Date: December 21st, 2006 08:27 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Well, now. You won't be putting those almond skins down the garbage disposal, mmn?
tashabear From: tashabear Date: December 21st, 2006 08:34 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Nope.

That would require me to have a garbage disposal. :-D
ciorstan From: ciorstan Date: December 21st, 2006 09:13 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Haw! You recall that the latest household disaster was the fallout from the Halloween almond blanching in my disposal, eh?

I would love not to have one, but I think that what with the housekeeping habits other three people in my house it would be... bad.

There's something to be said for the 4" pipe at the end of the s-curve/trap of one's toilet. When one doesn't have a disposal, that is.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: December 21st, 2006 09:40 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Oh, I just have me and darkwolfie, and I'd love one. I grew up in a house with septic, though, so we never had one. We did have a BIG compost pile down back behind the barn.

I remember the post(s) about the toilet and the fish, too.
booniesjen From: booniesjen Date: December 21st, 2006 11:57 pm (UTC) (base camp)
There are now garbage disposals that are safe to use with septic systems. My parents have had one for years and someday I hope to have one. The ones suitable for septic systems are on the high end though, so we aren't rushing out to buy one.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: December 22nd, 2006 12:24 am (UTC) (base camp)
Well, we're on city sewerage now, so we could install a garbage disposal, and my mom's new house has sewerage, too, so she just installed one. I'm not going to bother till I can gut this kitchen and rearrange things.
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