National Almond Day

Nuts, like almonds are not only a delicious snack, they are great source of vitamin E, with 25g providing 70 percent of the recommended daily allowance. They also have good amounts of magnesium, potassium, zinc, iron, fiber and are a good source of healthy monounsaturated fat. Almonds also contain more calcium than any other nut. With reasons, like that, why not put down the bag of Dorito’s and grab a handful of almonds today! Almonds are also delicious when used for baking.

Make this delicious recipe for Tosca Cups from Chef Mark Zimmerman of Spread Eagle Tavern in Hanoverton, Ohio

Tosca Cups (Makes 15)

INGREDIENTS:

10 oz Crushed Almonds

8 oz Sugar

1 c (2 sticks) Butter, melted

1 1/4 oz Flour

1 3/4 oz Heavy Cream

1/16 t Salt

DIRECTIONS:

1- Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Chill, covered, 1 hour.

2- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spoon 2 oz of almond mixture 6 inches apart onto a greased baking sheet. Bake 7-10 minutes or until brown. Remove from oven, cool 1 minute.

3- Lift each warm disc w/ a metal spatula and lay over a tea cup to form a cup shape. Let stand until completely cool and remove. Fill cups with ice cream and hot fudge or your favorite filling.

This dessert will definitely be a hit at your next function! Hope you enjoy!