Posts Tagged ‘Almonds’

What you need:

8 oz / 227g   butter at room temperature

4oz / 113g  sugar

2 tsp water

2 tsp vanilla essence

8 oz /227g  flour

4 oz / 113g  finely chopped almonds

whole almonds for “fingernails”

1 tube red decorators icing

What you do:

Preheat oven to 160C / 325F / gas mark 3.

In mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until fluffy.

Add water and vanilla; mix well. Blend in flour and nuts. Mix until incorporated.

Scoop dough into a ball and refrigerate until well chilled, about 2 hours.

To make cookies: 

Shape the dough into fingers about 3 inches long by rolling a piece of dough between hands, pinching slightly on either side of the “knuckle” area.

Place on ungreased cookie sheet and put a whole almond on the end for the nail, pushing down slightly. Leave the other end of the finger a little uneven to get that “severed” look! With a knife, make three tiny lines across the “knuckle” area of the finger…whats a knuckle without a few wrinkles?

Bake  for around 20 minutes. Remove and let cool completely.

When cool, squirt some of the red decorators icing onto the “severed” end of the finger.


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What you need:

7 lbs 15 oz /3.6kg  1 in /2½ cm bread cubes, white or whole wheat
2 oz /56g unsalted butter
15¾ oz /450g onion (medium-diced)
15¾ oz /450g celery ( medium-diced)
2 granny smith apples unpeeled & cored
2 tbsp chopped flat leaf parsley
1½ tsp minced fresh rosemary leaves
2 tsp salt
½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
0.4 pt /225 ml  chicken stock
4 oz /110g  sliced blanched almonds, toasted (optional)

What you do:

 Preheat oven to 150C /300F / gas mark 2

Put the bread cubes on a 32.5x45x2.5cm baking sheet and bake them in the oven for 7 minutes.

In a large saute pan, melt the butter and add the onion, celery, apples, parsley, rosemary, salt, and pepper. saute for 10 minutes, until the mixture is soft.

Combine the bread cubes and cooked vegetables in a large bowl and add the chicken stock, and almonds, (if desired).

Place the stuffing into the main cavity of the turkey and into the neck of the bird. I cook a 5.5kg turkey for 2 1/2 hours at 180° in a pre-heated oven.

Make sure the stuffing in the cavity is secured by wrapping the legs tightly with string.

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What you need:

12 fl oz / 75ml Marsala
4 trifle sponges
1 tbsp / 15ml strawberry conserve
1 banana
15 oz /400g fresh custard
15 oz / mascapone cheese
18 oz / 500g fromage frais
1tsp / 5 ml vanilla essence & sugar
2tbsp / 30 ml toasted flaked almonds

What you do:

Spread the trifle sponges with the strawberry conserve, then place in the bottom of the serving bowl, then sprinkle with marsala then leave for 10 mins.
Hull the strawberries & cut each one in half or quarters.
Peel the banana & cut into medium size chunks & put in the bowl along with 3/4 of the strawberries.
cover the fruit with custard.
Put the mascarpone & fromage frais into a bowl & mix together using an electric whisk.
Add the vanilla sugar & briefly whisk again.
Spoon the mixture on top of the custard & spread evenly.
Keep in the fridge until around 1/2 hour before serving.
Arrange the rest of the strawberries on the top & sprinkle the top with the flaked almonds.

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What you need:

4 Fresh trout  gutted and rinsed
2 Lemons  cut into thin slices
4 oz /125 g  butter, melted
2 oz /60g  flaked Almonds
3 1/2 fl oz / 90ml Dry White Wine
1 pinch Salt
1 pinch fresh black Pepper
3 tbsp fresh parsley  (finely chopped)

What to do:

Preheat the oven to 200°C /400°F/Gas mark 6

Make 3 or 4 diagonal slashes about  1/4in /5mm  deep on either side of each fish. Place the fish side by side in a shallow ovenproof dish. Tuck the halved lemon slices into the slashes.

Spoon over half the melted butter.

Bake uncovered for 20 minutes or until the fish flakes easily with a fork.

In a small saucepan heat the remaining butter . Add the almonds and fry until lightly browned. Add the wine and season to taste with salt and pepper. Bring to the boil and bubble for 1–2 minutes.

Mix in the parsley and spoon the sauce over the trout.
Serve immediately.

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