Homemade Almond Paste

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This homemade almond paste recipe is super easy and so so much better than the stuff you can buy in the store! I really love homemade almond paste, I use it to make certain traditional Dutch treats such as Dutch Speculaas cookies filled with almond paste or you have Christmas stollen or puff pastry filled with it. My mom makes a delicious rhubarb pie with this paste at the bottom of the pie, works great with apple pie as well actually! Basically you can use this homemade almond paste recipe in anything you like that you think goes with it.

This recipe is for the basic almond paste filling. There is no egg used in this. However, once you are ready to use the homemade almond paste you should add an egg to loosen up the almond paste and make it nice and creamy. If your recipe already calls for an egg to add into the almond paste there’s no need to add an extra egg. Just use what’s needed for your recipe.

The reason why I don’t add an egg here yet is because I like to make almond paste in advance and let it sit for a few days to really take in all the flavors. If I were to add an egg at this stage I wouldn’t be able to keep it for that long without it going bad.

How To Make Almond Paste

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You’ll need at least blanched almonds (no skin) and granulated sugar. For flavoring I like to add lemon zest and juice, but you could also use water and almond essence. (The full list of ingredients including measurements can be found in the recipe card below.)

 

Homemade Almond Paste Recipe | This homemade almond paste recipe is super easy and so much better than the stuff you can buy in the store! Learn how to make almond paste today. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 02

Put your almonds in a blender. Make sure you use a blender that can handle blending almonds, this is a heavy mixture so be sure to use a good one. The one I used is only good to use for small amounts, don’t try and make the full recipe in the same type of blender I used cause it might overheat.

 

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Add the sugar.

 

Homemade Almond Paste Recipe | This homemade almond paste recipe is super easy and so much better than the stuff you can buy in the store! Learn how to make almond paste today. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 04

Give this a quick little 20 second blend.

 

Homemade Almond Paste Recipe | This homemade almond paste recipe is super easy and so much better than the stuff you can buy in the store! Learn how to make almond paste today. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 05

Add the lemon zest (or almond essence)

 

Homemade Almond Paste Recipe | This homemade almond paste recipe is super easy and so much better than the stuff you can buy in the store! Learn how to make almond paste today. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 06

And lemon juice (or water)

 

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Blend again.

 

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Check the mixture in between and scrape down the sides if necessary.

 

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Blend until you’ve got a sticky mixture.

 

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Put some clingfilm on your work surface.

 

Homemade Almond Paste Recipe | This homemade almond paste recipe is super easy and so much better than the stuff you can buy in the store! Learn how to make almond paste today. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 11

Pour the sticky paste on the clingfilm.

 

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Shape the paste into a block or roll.

 

Homemade Almond Paste Recipe | This homemade almond paste recipe is super easy and so much better than the stuff you can buy in the store! Learn how to make almond paste today. | https://www.cakieshq.com | Step 13

Wrap it in clingfilm and put it in the fridge for at least a day before use, however preferably wait about a week before using it so the flavors can really blend in together. Ok, technically you could use it immediately as well (just add an egg) but the flavors ideally need some time to come together so, be patient and give it at least a day.

 

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You’ll have a perfectly nice almond paste ready to use. As you can see this almond paste recipe is super easy to make, really nothing to it! You can keep it in the fridge or freezer till you need to use it.

 

This homemade almond paste recipe is super easy and so much better than the stuff you can buy in the store!

When you’re ready to use the almond paste add an egg to it and mix it in till incorporated and creamy. If your recipe already requires to add an egg to the paste, no extra egg is needed to add, just follow your recipe.

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This homemade almond paste recipe is super easy and so much better than the stuff you can buy in the store!

This recipe is slightly adapted from the Notenstore.nl recipe (site in Dutch)
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Homemade Almond Paste
This homemade almond paste recipe is super easy and so much better than the stuff you can buy in the store! Learn how to make almond paste today.
Deze zelfgemaakte amandelspijs is super makkelijk om te maken en echt veel lekkerder dan uit de winkel! Amandelspijs recept, leer zelf amandelspijs maken.
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Rating: 4.14
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Type Other
Prep Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 1 week
Servings
cup
Ingredients
Type Other
Prep Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 1 week
Servings
cup
Ingredients
Deze zelfgemaakte amandelspijs is super makkelijk om te maken en echt veel lekkerder dan uit de winkel! Amandelspijs recept, leer zelf amandelspijs maken.
Votes: 21
Rating: 4.14
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Instructions
  1. Put almonds and sugar into a blender and give it a quick 20 second blend. Make sure you use a blender that can handle blending almonds, this is a heavy mixture so be sure to use a good one.
  2. Add lemon zest and lemon juice (or almond essence and water) and mix until you reach a heavy, sticky mass. Make sure to scrape the sides every now and again while mixing.
  3. Once you're almond paste is done, tip it over on some clingfilm, shape into a roll or block. Wrap it with clingfilm and keep in the fridge for at least a day before use, preferably a week so the flavors can really blend in together.
Recipe Notes

Please note that the cup measurements in this recipe are approximate. I have added cups for those that prefer using cups. The recipe is most accurate using weights measurements.

  • Use lemon zest and lemon juice for more lemon flavor. Use water and almond essence for more almond flavor.
  • When you're ready to use the almond paste add an egg to it and mix it in till incorporated and creamy. If your recipe already requires to add an egg to almond paste, no extra egg is needed to add, just follow your recipe.
  • Keep the almond paste in the fridge for at least a week.
  • The almond paste can be kept in the freezer, I personally don't keep it longer than 1 month in the freezer (without egg)
  • You can substitute the almonds for the same amount of almond meal

11 comments

  1. AlisonH
    3 June 2019

    I have found that with hazelnuts, adding any liquid before the nuts are down to a fine meal risks killing your food processor; afterward, it’s fine.

    Thank you for this recipe. I have a small local shop that sells freshly-made almond paste I’ve been buying for years, but the owner is retiring and I’m going to need to finally make my own. Looking forward to this.

    1. 5 June 2019

      Thank’s for the tip. I hope you’ll enjoy making your own almond paste 🙂

  2. Liesbeth Gregory
    28 February 2019

    Hallo Trudy, they are real Almonds and let me tell you it tastes so much better then the store bought almond paste 🙂

  3. Anita
    22 November 2018

    I was wondering if you could use already ground almonds from the bulk store. I don’t have a food processor or blender!

    1. 24 November 2018

      Hi Anita,
      You can use ready ground almonds, same amount, it’ll be even quicker to make!

    2. Gertie
      27 February 2019

      Yes, you can use ground almonds from the bulk food store.

  4. Jenny ziebe
    19 October 2018

    Almond flour is something different that gets used for gluten free people in stead of normal flour

  5. Jenny sheffers
    23 August 2018

    Can I use almond flour instead off the nuts. If so how much flour should I use to replace the nuts 1 1/4 cups. Many thanks

    1. 31 August 2018

      Hi Jenny, I haven’t tried making it with almond flour yet, but I think it can work. It’s worth a try anyway!
      I would try 1 1/4 Almond flour with 1 cup sugar first but same amounts will probably work as well. This is a pretty forgiving recipe. If you find there’s too much sugar, add more nuts or the other way around.

  6. Trudy
    22 December 2017

    The nuts that you picture are pine nuts.shoulnt they be almonds?

    1. Rachel (Cakies)
      24 December 2017

      The nuts in the picture are actually blanched almonds, not pine nuts. I guess I need to work on my photography skills ??

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