Wednesday, 23 May 2012
chocolate and almond splodges - we should cocoa
... have you ever started out making one thing but then finished up making something else entirely...?
... don't ask because frankly I couldn't tell you if i tried... it was like that classic scene from Friends where Rachel makes a traditional British Trifle but the pages of the cookbook stick together and she uses layers of minced lamb that should have been for a Shepherd's Pie... except it was web site pages that were digitally stuck that got me confused as I hurriedly combined recipes... so these are part classic almond macaroons and part almond cookies... but mostly splodges... which I don't really care about at all because they taste completely and utterly heavenly... crunchy yet fluffy... light yet with a pleasingly natty snap!
... of course I am entering these beauties into this months we should cocoa challenge usually hosted by either Chele from Chocolate Teapot or Choclette from Chocolate Log Blog but this month guest-hosted by Laura from How to Cook Good Food, who picked the theme of almonds...
... now I just have to remember what I did...
chocolate and almond spoldges
200g caster sugar
250g plain flour
150g ground almonds
100g flaked almonds
2 egg whites
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
some runny honey
- place the butter and sugar in a bowl and cream them together until light and fluffy, add the vanilla and mix a little more
- mix the dry ingredients and sieve half onto the butter/sugar mix and beat in with a wooden spoon
- whisk the egg whites to a gently frothiness and then fold this all into the mix
- sieve in the remaining dry ingredients followed by the flaked almonds and combine
- using a teaspoon splodge roughly onto baking trays and bake on 180C for 20 minutes
- cool on a wire rack during which time you should paint each one with a little honey
eat and of course, enjoy!