My daughter, Alice, was given a lovely baking set and set of recipe cards for her birthday and we have been looking longingly at all the lovely things we could make. So with the weather being so miserable this weekend, we got everything out and decided to have a go at making almond hearts. Now we could have done this very easily and just bought some almond paste / marzipan, but we thought we’d do it properly and use the whole recipe. Having quickly looked in the baking cupboard I thought we had everything we needed, so it was with great dismay I discovered we had no ground almonds at all!
This meant a much lengthier than planned walk round the neighbourhood shops looking for ground almonds. Eventually after 4 local shops and over an hour of walking we found some and head back home for a cup of tea and to get making.
The recipe is very simple but involved quite a lot of kneading. We split the paste in half and coloured one half with red food colouring. Then left it in the fridge for a while to harden up a bit and make it easier to roll out.
We were both quite impatient to make the hearts, so I did the rolling out and Alice cut out the shapes. We did think about making some stars too, but the hearts looked so lovely in the different colours we thought we’d stick with them. They’ve really got us in the mood for Valentine’s Day too, although I don’t think they will last that long to give out to all her friends!!
This is definitely a recipe we will try again. It’s fairly simple although it has left me with most of a tin of condensed milk. I shall have to get my thinking cap on and see what I can make with the rest of it, it’s far too good an ingredient to waste.