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What makes egg whites and almonds a good combination

There is nothing special about the combination, you seem to have stumbled over a case of confirmation bias :) Here I made a table with examples. The table is by no means complete, it contains the ...
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What happened to my soaked almonds?

They are covered by mold, a type of fungus. What has happened is, mold loves moisture and when you closed the lid on almonds which had a good amount of moisture in them, the mold had the right ...
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How do I substitute almond flour for all purpose flour?

There is no general replacement. Almond flour has very little in common with all-purpose flour, and behaves very differently in baking. Your idea of adding gluten is very interesting - many flourless ...
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How do I substitute almond flour for all purpose flour?

In addition to totally lacking gluten, almond flour contains way more fat than AP flour, around 50 times as much. That's another reason it's popular in vegan/gf baking, it adds plant-based fat. So you ...
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What to do with leftover almond peel?

I made bacon😃 Mixed together 2 tablespoons oil, 3 tbs soy sauce or tamari, 2 tbs nutritional yeast, 1 tbs woostershire, 1/2 tbs maple syrup, 3/4 tbs hot paprika in a bowl. Mix in 3 cups loose ...
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We have 2 almond trees but we cannot crack the shells because they are so hard. What am I doing wrong

I don't think you are doing anything wrong, some almond shells can be notoriously hard, depending on the species. Maybe you are used to having soft shell almonds and your trees produce some hard ...
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What does “settled” mean when making puddings?

As I said in the comments, the almonds are weighed, so it's not about how to pack a volume measure. The wording is ambiguous, not helped by the odd (to modern eyes) use of semicolons. Initially I ...
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What makes egg whites and almonds a good combination

Adding to @rumtscho's excellent answer, you can in fact substitute almond flour with hazelnut or walnut flour (those are the ones I've tried) in macarons and still end up with a very similar result. ...
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Why is almond bark called almond bark?

According to a representative from a company that makes it, it's packaged with the words “make your own almond bark". So "almond bark" (the coating) is a key ingredient in "almond bark" (the candy ...
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Why is the skimmed milk fizzy?

During blending, air is put into the milk mixture. Once you switch it off, not all air is kept inside the milk but makes it's way to the surface. These are the bubbles that make you think your milk is ...
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Were nut-cheeses developed in Greek/Bulgarian/Turkish/Balkan cuisine traditionally?

Regarding Greece, nut cheeses are produced mainly for people who participate in religious fasting, rather than vegans. There are multiple fasting periods on the Greek orthodox calendar, including Lent,...
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How are bitter almonds detected or used?

I only have an answer for your first question: How does the food industry detect the bitter almonds? They don't need to. According to Wikipedia, bitter almonds come from bitter almond trees, and "...
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Are store-bought ground almonds typically defattened?

It depends on what you bought. You can buy simply ground almonds, which have nothing removed - neither the brown skin before grinding, nor any amount of fat. The second possibility is that they ...
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Is there a trick to getting spices to fix to raw almonds?

That's the trick to getting spices to adhere to nuts. If you are worried about the messiness perhaps your method can be improved. Put your nuts into a tossing bowl and slowly drizzle the oil over them....
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How do I substitute almond flour for all purpose flour?

So an analysis of the original recipe gives the following (I've omitted baking soda & salt for brevity): 2 cups AP flour 100.00% 250.0 g ½ cup sugar 24.00% 60.0 g 80 ...
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How to mix chocolate into flourless ground almond cake?

The typical way for this kind of recipe is to fold the melted chocolate into the beaten eggs. Make sure you are really folding it, not stirring vigorously or beating with a mixer, to ensure minimal ...
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Roast almond for desserts

Yes, roast the almonds. Be careful not to burn them. You can roast them in a dry skillet, tossing them frequently until aromatic and slightly darkened, or in the oven for maybe 25 minutes at 200°F (95°...
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Nut-free "Almond Paste" filling

I make a nut free frangipane using rice flour in place of almond meal. I think a mix of this with egg, sugar and butter would work. The rice flour has the same slightly gritty texture and doesn't add ...
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Nut-free "Almond Paste" filling

I wouldnt't do a starch-based "paste" (it will be a pudding) because it will have a completely wrong texture, way too creamy. My first choice would be a bean paste. Make it with white beans instead ...
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Why is soaking water usually discarded when making plant milk?

Generally, we soak grains and pulses then throw away the soaking water. If we didn’t it would likely turn sour in a few days. Also soaking helps remove some of the phytic acid, therefore unlocking ...
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Were nut-cheeses developed in Greek/Bulgarian/Turkish/Balkan cuisine traditionally?

without demand from modern-day vegan consumers No, they weren't. I grew up in Bulgaria, and these products are entirely new. They appeared basically at the same time as they started becoming common ...
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Minimum temperature for slow roasting almonds

You can try roasting in two steps: "Hot air roasting for almonds can be optimized by applying a two-step roasting process. The first step uses an intermediate temperature to stabilize the nut ...
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Are there culinary uses for the water left from peeling almonds?

I used up a pot full of almond water because I refused to throw all that good stuff away. I first drank it cold from the fridge when I got thirsty :) It's an interesting mild flavor, but it might take ...
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Do roasted almonds have similar calcium value to raw ones?

Looking at the USDA database, roasting the almonds does not affect the calcium levels (comparing equivalent weights). Look at the value per 100g or value per ounce rather than volume-based values and ...
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What are the most effective wheat flour substitutes?

Flours/Meals Flaxseed (linseed) meal is a favorite flour of mine. While I prefer golden over brown, but they are both quite tasty. ¼ cup (28 g) has over 6 g of omega-3s and only 0.5 g of net carbs, ...
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What is the difference between how nut flours and nut butters are made?

It is both, depending on what you understand under "nut flour". The first kind of "nut flour" is something that may more precisely be called "nut meal" or "ground X&...
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can I just double the orange flower water?

You *can*, but... Orange blossom water can very easily overpower everything else in your syrup and even your cocktail, for that matter. So I'd recommend going slow with it, taste-testing both the ...
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Gluten free alternatives

I don’t stay gluten free, so there are likely better experts out there, but I occasionally cook for people who are. From what I’ve seen, most ‘alternative flours’ fall into one of three categories: ...
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Is there a trick to getting spices to fix to raw almonds?

If you toss nuts in oil then roast them alone, the oil will get tacky as the lighter fractions come off in the heat or are absorbed by the nut. That tacky oil will get the spices to adhere.
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How are wasabi nuts made?

I've used wasabi powder before and it always gets activated with water, not oil. Searching about the industrial process, the closest I got was a comment in this cooking blog (emphasis mine): In ...
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