Tuesday, January 10, 2012

For the love of almonds...

I love nuts! My favorites are pistachios, macadamia, almonds, cashews and pecans. Unfortunately, those are all expensive and its even hard to find especially the raw, unprocessed kind. Luckily, my brother gave me a pack of fresh almonds from Australia on his visit last August. I was saving it in the refrigerator and now for the holidays I'm baking some goodies loaded with almonds! I don't have a real oven anymore, so I just used my toaster oven. It was more time consuming since I'd have to keep an eye on it, and turn the pan to brown it evenly.

The first recipe I made is Almond Macaroons. I wanted to make marzipan, but I didn't have time for it. I also needed a grinder to make almond paste. I just pounded the nuts manually for the macaroons. When it was baked it turned out fine and not so gritty.

Almond Macaroons
(recipe to follow...)

The second recipe is Date-Almond Brownies, but I wanted to make it like a biscotti...so this one I named Browniscotti ;)

(recipe to follow)