Suspiros de almendras

Suspiros de almendras, or almond sighs, are so named because they are “light as a sigh,” says Sharon Tyler Herbst, and they are. Flavored with almond, lemon juice and zest, they are little clouds of sweet meringue.

The recipe calls for mixing finely ground toasted almonds with lemon zest and cornstarch, setting that aside and whipping egg whites with salt, lemon juice and sugar. I did the first part over a week ago, and the remainder just the other day. Crazy busy.

There is a light at the end of this long tunnel, however. Graduation is in two days, and my coursework is done (although I await word of two grades — what will be will be). There are a couple of big things to finish related to my soon-to-be-erstwhile job, and they feel utterly surmountable. So with a little bit of joy, I celebrated by finishing up these suspiros.

I was feeling really good about the way they turned out and then I googled suspiros de almendras and the images … Let’s just say mine are a little flat, relatively speaking. I will have to try again some day, but onward and upward! Next up? Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate. With a few holiday cookies thrown in now and then. Should be fun!

About pattiblaine

Raised under the name of Snyder in the upstate NY town of Vestal, I've worked as a typesetter, a fast food salad bar tender, an art reviewer, a waitress, a part-time nanny, and a very-bad-with-phones temp. Once upon a time I was all-but-thesis toward a Masters in Art History. Now I'm just a mom with a lot of fiber squirreled away throughout the house. We call it insulation. In 2013 I completed a life-long learning program at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, and am a postulant toward the diaconate in the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester, NY. In addition to coordinating volunteers for the soup kitchen, I volunteer as a tutor at a deeply impoverished city elementary school, and am a docent at the Memorial Art Gallery.
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