Made these Melting hearts for my DH's birthday this weekend.While making these, was thinking abt what to name it..finally decided on melting hearts.Still couldn't believe with a bit of food color and cookie cutter, can do lotz of amazing things.This was a bit of hard work but the end product was amazing.He better not forget my b'day:))
Badam/Almonds - 3 cups (blanched)
Milk - 1 1/2 cups
Sugar - 3 cups
Food color - as needed (I used red food color)
Cookie cutter - any shape
For blanching almonds : I microwaved almonds in a bowl of water for abt 10 mts.Drained them and took the skin off.
Grind almonds into a fine paste using milk.At low flame,nn a heavy bottomed vessel, add the grounded paster and sugar.KEEP STIRRING and let it come to a dough like consistency.This should take abt 40-45 mts.DO NOT INCREASE HEAT ABOVE MEDIUM LOW.
Once it reaches dough like consistency , take 1/2 of it and add food color to it.Let both the halves cool a bit.Now roll them into 1/8 inch chappathi.(Always put rest of the dough in a closed container while working, because it will dry up and becomes hard outside just like chappathi dough).Using any shaped cookie cutters cut out the shapes.I used two sizes of hearts.Place them in a air tight container and store in the refrigerator.3 cups of badam makes about 30-35 hearts.