Amigthalota (Almond Pears)

Course : Greek
Serves: 30
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Ingredients:

3 cups ground almonds
1/2 cup icing sugar -- sifted
1/4 cup egg whites -- (1/4 c = 2 whites
1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind -- optional
2 drops almond essence
2 whole cloves
1 package additional icing sugar
1 teaspoon rose or orange flower water -- (optional)
 

Preparation / Directions:

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