1In a bowl, combine 1 cup almonds and egg white. Add 1/2 cup sugar; toss to coat. Spoon into a greased 15-in. × 10-in. × 1-in. baking pan. Bake at 350 F. for 9-11 minutes or until golden brown. stirring occasionally.
1In a large mixing bowl, cream shorting, butter and remaining sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in extracts. Combine flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda; add to the creamed mixture alternately with the buttermilk. Fold in the strawberries and remaining almonds.
1Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Sprinkle with sugared almonds. Bake at 350 F. for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes before removing from the pans to wire racks.
Yield: 1-1/2 dozen.
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The nutty, cheesy filling spices up chicken breasts and is a snap to make. Toast the almonds in a skillet before you cook the chicken and you'll have just one pan to clean. Serve with couscous and haricots verts.