One (possibly the only) big advantage of my daughter’s early 5am starts is I get to make nice treats. While she got unfettered access to my sleeping son’s toys I got to make these really tasty almond fingers I’ve had my eye on for a while.
The recipe is so simple and flour free .. and they really are gorgeous. We brought a little box of these to a morning play date and returned empty handed!
I found the recipe on a lovely blog…
- 200g ground almonds,
- 100g caster sugar,
- 1 zest of orange / a drop of orange essence (Valencia orange was the only one I had)
- 2 drops of almond extract,
- 2 eggs,
- 1tsp baking powder,
- Icing sugar to dust.
All the ingredients are mixed into a dough. Taking a tablespoon at a time roll the dough into a short cigar shape, and flatten slightly while placing on a lined baking tray.
(Hint: I found a light dusting of icing sugar on the dough and on my hands made it easier to roll.)
Lightly press a few sliced almonds onto the top of each. Cook in a preheated oven, at 180C, for about 18-20 mins.
Allow to cool and enjoy!
The fingers are beautifully light but the orange really adds the most beautiful flavour to those lovely almonds. And I love how the almonds on top get a little toasty.