amigthalota ( almond pears)

30 Servings
3 cups Ground almonds
½ cup Icing sugar; sifted
¼ cup Egg whites (1/4 c = 2 whites
½ teaspoon Grated lemon rind, optional
2 drops Almond essence
  Whole cloves
  Additional icing sugar
  Rose or orange flower water (optional)
  From: "The Complete Middle East Cookbook" by Tess
  ISBN: 1 86302 069 1
  Typed for you by Karen Mintzias

Makes: 30 Cooking time: 20 minutes Oven temperature: 160 c (325 F)

Blend ground almonds with icing sugar measured after sifting. Add lightly beaten egg whites with lemon rind if used and almond essence.

Mix to a firm dough with hands. Clean hands and rub with a little butter to prevent dough sticking while shaping. Break off small pieces of dough the size of a walnut and form into pear shapes.

Insert a whole clove in the top of each to resemble a stem and place upright on a buttered and floured baking sheet.

Bake in a moderately slow oven for 20 minutes, covering with brown paper if tops begin to brown.

Sift 2 cups icing sugar into a bowl and dip hot Amigthalota into it.

If desired, a little rose or orange flower water may be brushed onto Amigthalota before dipping into icing sugar. Place on a wire rack to cool.

Sift remaining sugar from bowl into base of a container and arrange cooled Almond Pears upright in a single layer. Sift more sugar thickly over tops and sides, seal and store for a day or two before using.


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