There is this great little Greek pastry shop down the road from my work. They sell all sorts of amazing treats including Baklava, Kataifi Pastries and these amazing little bikkies they call ‘Almond Delight’. They are one of my favourite treats, on a nice sunny day I will walk down to the place that does rad coffee (and sells awesome second-hand clothes) and on the way back I’ll stop by and grab one of these little beauties. They are nutty and zesty, crispy on the outside and ooey gooey in the middle. When you dunk them in coffee the outside goes soft and the centre becomes even gooier. It’s heaven in a biscuit.
When this months theme for the Sweet Adventures Blog Hop came up I was honestly at a loss as to know what to make. Although I love dessert as much as the next person I don’t really tend to make a lot of them unless it’s a special occasion because otherwise I find myself embracing my inner Nigella and raiding the fridge at all hours of the night. Then I remembered these little lovelies. I spent some time going over cookbooks to see if I could find the right recipe and finally I came across a recipe for Almond Macaroons (note the alternate spelling there Rob ;)) in Claudia Roden’s amazing cookbook ‘Arabesque’ (Emily, I need to give this back to you!) which sounded like it had all the right flavours. I was shocked at how simple they were and got right on it.
The theme for this months hop is ‘love at first bite’ and this was definitely it. These are the biscuits I’ve been eating for the last 6 years and I’ve cracked the jackpot with this recipe. Sure, they don’t look as pretty as the pastry shops version but they are every bit as tasty, not to mention gluten-free and super easy to put together. So there you have it, my entry for the Sweet Adventures Blog Hop – Almond Macaroons.
- 400g almond meal
- 150g caster sugar
- zest of one lemon, finely grated/chopped
- 2-3 drops of almond essence
- 2 egg whites
- icing sugar to coat
- Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees (200 if not fan-forced)
- Combine all ingredients except icing sugar in the bowl of your mixer or food processor (whatever is easiest).
- Everything should combine nicely to create a moist dough.
- Roll into walnut sized balls (or any shape you want, really).
- Dip the bottom in the icing sugar, lightly flattening the base.
- Put on a baking tray, icing sugar side down, and roll the rest of the dough.
- Pop into the oven for about 12 minutes. They should be lightly browned and still a bit gooey in the centre when done.
- Leave to cool on the tray and then pop them in an airtight container. Will keep for a few days.
- Serve with a cuppa, put your feet up and enjoy.
THIS POST IS PART OF THE SWEET ADVENTURES BLOG-HOP
Thanks to Nic from Dining with a Stud for hosting this months festivities
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