A friend gave me a can of “mandorlita” that she picked up on a trip to Italy. It is sweetened almond paste. I tried a little and it was way too sweet to eat out of the can, so I decided to turn it into a baked dessert.
I gathered some ingredients:
- A lemon
- An egg
- About 10 ounces of ground almond meal
- A half teaspoon of salt
- Powdered sugar
- and of course my can of mandorlita
I preheated the oven to 350°F. I mixed the mandorlita in a mixing bowl with the juice of the lemon, the egg, the almond meal, and the salt. I rolled the mixture into 4 long “sticks”. We were out of parchment paper, so I placed the sticks into a greased foil-lined baking pan and cut them into bite-sized chunks with a butter knife. I baked them for 15 minutes.
They came out of the oven tasting okay, but the bottoms were burned. I let them cool, then cut off the burned bottoms and coated them with powdered sugar.
The results were these tasty soft lemony almond bites that stay soft even after they cool.
This recipe was inspired by 101 Cookbooks’ Limoncello Macaroons recipe.
Steve’s Rating: 8/10