All posts tagged: almonds

Pear and Marzipan Tartlets with Lemon Marmalade

Spring seems to come and go, this past week. But there are sure signs of its increasing presence, with the hedgerows turning light green and the daffodils standing tall in full bloom. Spring will triumph once again! And if you feel like you are just sitting around waiting for spring to really get going, then I’ve got just the recipe if you’ve got a bit of time on your hands.   These little pear and marzipan tarts are a perfect afternoon treat, for friends and family to enjoy on a grey day. ______________________________________________ Makes 8 tarts For the pastry 225g plain flour 100g butter 80g sugar 1 large free range egg ½ lemon, zested Frangipane filling 170g sugar 170g ground almonds 50g marzipan 1 tbsp flour 1 large free range egg 1 tsp almond extract ½ lemon, zested Plus 3-4 pears, sliced 2 tbsp almond flakes 5 tbsp lemon marmalade, heated ____________________________________________ Add the cold butter and flour to a food processor and blitz to bread crumbs. Add the sugar and egg, and blitz until just …

Be My Valentine Macaroon

Be my Valentine Macaroon ‘ As a little valentines gift, I decided to make my Valentine a batch of Macaroons. They are sweet, romantic, pretty and a whole lot of hassle! I don’t want you to be under any illusions that these are quick to whip up! Oh no, they took me 6 hours and my kitchen was turned into total chaos by these dainty cakes. Half way through I was frantically texting my baker friend for help (got phone covered in sticky goo in process) due to the difference in texture between the two colour batches..and I thought all was lost…But, just like magic, they came out of the oven looking gorgeous and tasting fantastic. Phewww! What dishes do you find stressful to make? ‘ ‘I adapted Edd Kimber’s recipe, winner of BBC’s Great British Bake Off, by changing the filling from chocolate to custard. ‘ ____________________________________________________________________________________ Makes roughly 30 macaroons 170g icing sugar 160g ground almonds 120ml egg whites from about 4 medium eggs, separated into 2 equal batches 160g granulated sugar a …

Chunky Peanut and Almond Butter by Miss May

Since starting this blog, I have wanted to feature Guest Bloggers that could contribute with their own recipes and photography. So I am super excited to be able to share this latest post with you, written by my talented and good friend Victoria May. Miss May is a fellow blogger from chimneystack.wordpress.com and a world traveler, whizzing from continent to continent with her ‘old school’ film camera- all along the way cooking, baking and eating her way through her journey. “ This is her recipe! _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ; I love peanut butter. It’s both a comfort food (smothered on hot toast) and an energy bomb (whizzed up with banana, muesli and yogurt in a breakfast smoothie), and never fails to remind me of my time in the States. Americans really know how to harness the full bad-ass potential of P.B. ‘ This is my throw-it-together recipe. ____________________________________________________________________________________ Makes 1 large Jar or 2 small ones ‘ 3 cups peanuts (unsalted) 1 cup almonds 50ml organic rapeseed (olive is too over-powering a flavour) salt to taste ____________________________________________________________________________________ In a …

Toasted Honey and Maple Syrup Muesli with Almonds and Walnuts

Toasted Honey and Maple Syrup Muesli with Almonds and Walnuts Toasted homemade muesli is a super recipe to make on a Sunday morning, as it makes enough to last you the rest of the week. I first made my own toasted muesli a few years ago when making a lot of different dishes for a brunch one day. Its really simple to make, and tastes so good topped on yoghurt with a little fresh fruit. The beauty of this recipe is that you can substitute any of the added ingredients, such as hazelnuts instead of almonds or pumpkin seeds in place of sesame seeds. Just as long as you keep the quantities roughly the same, it will work. Have fun experimenting. ____________________________________________________________________________________ Makes enough for 2 peoples breakfast for a few days. 200g oats 50g chopped walnuts 50g chopped almonds 30g raisins 2 tbsp sesame seeds 1 ½ tbsp honey 3 tbsp maple syrup ____________________________________________________________________________________ On a hot dry frying pan, lightly toast the nuts for a couple of min, then add the sesame seeds …