Almond flour is my favorite baking ingredient. Almonds are a very useful product. It has a lot of proteins. fats and various vitamins. Most importantly, almond flour is low in carbs and free of gluten. Due to the lack of gluten, baked goods with a high content of almonds will not be airy. Almond flour can be made at home.
How to cook Almond Flour
You may be wondering why make your own almond flour? Isn’t it easier to buy ready-made? There are several factors in favor of homemade almond flour. The first one is the price difference between almonds and flour. If you rarely use almond flour, it doesn’t really matter. I add almonds to every recipe.
And for me, this difference is palpable.
The second reason for favoring homemade flour is that you always have a fresh product on hand. Although on the other hand, you can just buy ready-made almond flour. The most important thing is that it is fresh.
To make almond flour, you will need a powerful blender or a coffee grinder. And a few hours of your precious time. In the coffee grinder, the truth is not a large volume. But this does not prevent us from getting the desired grinding.
Almonds must be peeled before grinding. To do this, heat water in a saucepan to a boil and pour almonds into it. When the water has cooled, start peeling the almonds. Then you need to dry the almonds. This is best done in an oven at 60°C/140°F.
You can do without cleaning and drying almonds. Just buy blanched almonds. He’s already cleansed. And it just needs to be crushed. There is one more option. Grind the almonds with the peel and you get almond meal. As you can see, making almond flour is very easy. Although it is even easier to buy ready-made.
Using Almonds in Baking Recipes
Almond flour can be added to various desserts. It is necessary to take into account only one moment. Almonds do not have the properties of wheat or oatmeal. Baking with a lot of almond flour will not be airy. To make muffins or cakes airy, add no more than half the volume of other flour to the almond flour recipe.
Almond flour works well for making crusts on cheesecakes, cookies, and various sweet treats. Even without baking. She adds her nutty flavor and nice texture to the dessert. Use it in your recipes. Delight yourself and your loved ones with delicious pastries.
Enjoy your meals!
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