I'm a baking girl it's true. I most enjoy baking cookies, cakes and slices. If you're the same, you'll find plenty of recipes for such things with a quick search of the sidebar. (Enter 'recipe' in the search box and voila! Eat yourself silly!)
I am proud to say that I am not afraid of sweets, calories, sugar, fat or any of that nonsense. Life's too short and stressful to be without foodie delights - especially foodie treats as good as these Honeyed Almond Slices.
These are divine - like shooting stars and fireworks divine. You've got to try these. (If they appeal of course.) I think I demolished the entire tray pictured, all on my own-some. They're a new go-to bake if you will. For me anyway. (In a back off! They're mine kind of way.) Marzipan lovers will be especially seduced by these little squares of deliciousness.
This slice is easy to make. They take a little more time perhaps, than your average slice on account of there being three layers to prepare. I prepared these in a Thermo, but they are equally as easy to do the traditional way as well. Both methods are included below. Whatever method you choose, you will not be disappointed. (Trust me on this one, but I do think the pictures do this recipe justice here.)
|Moist with two layers of almonds.|
Honeyed Almond Slice.
Preparation / baking time 45 mins approx. Serves: 16 squares.
For the base:
1, 3/4 cups of plain flour
125 grams margarine or butter
3/4 cup of soft icing sugar
For the filling:
100 grams of margarine or butter
100 grams of caster sugar
1, 1/2 cups of ground almonds
1/4 cup of plain flour
For the topping:
80 grams margarine or butter
80 grams of caster sugar
1-2 tablespoons of honey
1 cup of slivered almonds.
Preheat oven to 180 degrees C.
Line a slice pan with grease, flour and baking paper. (Make sure you leave some baking paper exposed so that you can lift the slice from the tray once it has cooled.)
To make the base, place the flour, butter and sugar in a food processor, blender or Thermo and whizz until the mix resembles fine bread crumbs. Add the egg to form a dough.
(In a Thermo, whizz dry ingredients on speed 4 for 10 seconds and add the egg and whizz on speed 3 for 10 seconds.)
Spread the prepared dough using your hands and a spatula, into the baking pan and bake in the oven for 10 minutes until lightly golden.
To prepare the filling, add the butter and sugar to the bowl of your Thermo or mixer and cream together until it becomes pale. (Thermo: 2 minutes, speed 1.)
Add the eggs, one at a time as you mix. Fold in the flour and the ground almonds and spread this over your pre-baked base.
Return the slice to the oven and bake for 15-18 minutes until golden and firm.
For the final stage, the topping, place the butter, sugar, honey and almonds in either a saucepan or your Thermo bowl. For the traditional stove-top method, stir ingredients over a low heat until melted, then increase the heat for 2 minutes until it boils before removing it from the stove.
For Thermo: Cook all ingredients in this step for 3 minutes at 80 degrees on speed 1.
Spread the topping onto the slice quickly and return the slice to the oven for a further 10 minutes until golden.
Allow the slice to cool in the baking pan before removing and slicing. Enjoy! (Really enjoy!)
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