Nutty, but nice! 17 fantastic almond recipes, from apricot tarts to lamb tagines

A bumper crop means almonds are a bargain right now. Here’s how to make the most of them in pesto, marzipan, hotpots, macaroons …

The flavour of an almond is particular, but subtle – almost bland. That’s not to say that almonds don’t make an important taste and textural contribution; not least on the side of a Magnum. Lightly toasted, they become an integral part of a simple pudding, such as Nigel Slater’s strawberry granola parfait.

Almonds are also processed into versions of common staples, including milk and flour, although they are too expensive to be everyday replacements – by weight, almond flour costs six times as much as wheat flour. At the moment, however, almonds are undergoing a bit of a price collapse, thanks to coronavirus and trade restrictions coinciding with a bumper US crop (about 80% of the world’s almonds come from California). In a bid to take advantage of this window of opportunity, here are 17 delicious ways to make use of this autumn’s unusually affordable almonds.

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