Almond trees grow all over the islands, but only some of them produce sweet almonds. The rest are inedibly bitter which is a pity, for almond pastries and cakes feature largely in the local repertoire. I have to make do with bought almonds if I want to make this delicate almond jelly. Although you can, at
Blanch the almonds in boiling water to remove their skins. Pound them finely in a pestle and mortar or food processor. (It is not a good idea to use a coffee grinder, as it gets clogged up.) Put the ground almonds in a bowl, pour
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