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Spiced almond stars recipe

Spiced almond stars recipe

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A delicious Christmas biscuit that not only looks pretty, but is also gluten and dairy-free! They are easy to make and taste fantastic.

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IngredientsMakes: 50 biscuits, depending on size

  • 4 egg whites
  • 250g icing sugar
  • 250g ground almonds
  • 1/2 lemon, zest grated and juiced
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch ground cloves

MethodPrep:30min ›Cook:20min ›Extra time:1hr chilling › Ready in:1hr50min

  1. Beat egg whites until stiff. Gradually beat in icing sugar, then fold in lemon juice, lemon zest, cinnamon and cloves.
  2. Reserve and chill 8 tablespoons of mixture. Fold almonds into the remaining mixture; chill for 1 hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 150 C / Gas 2.
  4. Sprinkle sugar on work surface. Roll batches of dough to 1cm thick and cut out stars. If the dough is too sticky to handle, add a little more ground almonds.
  5. Place stars onto a greased baking tray and brush with the reserved egg whites.
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes in the preheated oven.

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Recipe Summary

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups packed dark-brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 cup sliced blanched almonds

Line 2 mini loaf pans with plastic wrap.

Whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt. Beat butter and sugar with a mixer on medium speed for 4 minutes. Reduce speed to low. Add eggs and spices. Beat in flour mixture in 3 additions.

Press cookie dough into pans, and cover tightly with plastic wrap. Freeze for 1 1/2 hours (or up to 1 month).

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Remove dough from 1 pan. Let soften slightly. Cut eight 1/8-inch-thick slices with a sharp knife. Cover remaining dough, and freeze in pan until ready to slice and bake.

Place slices 1 1/2 inches apart on a cookie sheet lined with a nonstick baking mat. Top each with 2 to 3 almond slices. Freeze until firm, 5 minutes. Bake until dark golden brown, 10 minutes. Let cool on sheet on a wire rack. Repeat.


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I first made this spiced almonds recipe for a small wine-tasting party this past June. The wine selection was Viognier (I may be a wine lover, but I’m not snooty about non-reds. Whites definitely have their place – especially in the summer!)

These heavily-spiced, sweet-but-savory roasted almonds were an excellent complement to the (ahem, copious amounts of) wine we tasted (er, straight-up drank).

I knew right away I wanted to share the recipe here, but some quick research revealed that people aren’t really looking for spiced almonds recipes in the summer. When do they really seek them out? Right now!

So here they are – just as great for wintertime (with wine) as they were in the summer (with wine). (Or with anything else). (Or by themselves). (Or with wine).


Meghan Markle’s Holiday Cocktail Recipe Is Vegan-Friendly

Before Meghan Markle enjoyed boozy Christmas pudding with the queen, she was making her own cocktails at home during the holiday season. In a past interview with Grazia (pre her incredible love story with Prince Harry), Markle revealed her go-to festive drink &mdash and it’s just as amazing as we would expect. Listen, around here we love a good celeb recommendation, and if a delicious new recipe comes straight from royalty &mdash well, it’s pretty much a done deal. Markle’s holiday beverage sounds incredible and it’s basically our new favorite vegan-friendly cocktail.

Markle’s Almond Milk Spiced Holiday Cocktail is made with four cups of unsweetened almond milk, though (in case you’re feeling up to the challenge) she notes that you can make your own alt milk by blending raw almonds with milk and straining it. Additionally, the recipe will require cinnamon, cardamom, dates, and powdered ginger &mdash just to name a few of the ingredients. Of course, the stars of this holiday drink is the bourbon and cinnamon sticks.

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Then you’ll heat your mixture at a low temperature and mix in the boozy delight of your favorite bourbon. Sadly, the Duchess of Sussex did not reveal what the alcohol of her choosing is. Each drink will be decorated with the garnish of your cinnamon sticks. In the case that you’re more of a cold drink fan, Markle wrote that you can skip the saucepan and shake it around in a cocktail shaker. BRB, we’re about to make a big batch for ourselves.

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I normally don’t post on Mondays, but today is different because tomorrow is the first December, and I wanted you to have a healthy Christmas cookie recipe in case you wanted to bake some this week. In Germany we have a wonderful Christmas tradition called “Christmas calendars” where you open a door every day from December 1st until December 24th. Christmas calendars are traditionally filled with chocolate, but over time, people have made a very big deal out of them, so now they are usually stuffed with little gifts, baked goods, pictures or whatever else comes to your mind. It’s a wonderful tradition and I wanted to share a nice Christmas calendar filling idea for the very late ones of you: Healthy Almond and Cinnamon Christmas Stars. These traditional German Christmas cookies not only make your kitchen smell incredibly Christmassy, they are also really good for you! I’ve conducted my usual healthy kitchen swaps: I used coconut sugar for normal, white sugar, chia eggs instead of eggs, and powdered them with a little xylit instead of powdered sugar.

Coconut sugar has gotten a lot of attention lately, and I have become more and more of a fan. Coconut sugar is proven to be a lot healthier than white sugar, because it has a very low glycemic index, which prevents the blood sugar level from spiking. Thus, its energy is released slowly and steadily into our blood, allowing us to feel satisfied and energized for a longer period of time. Therefore coconut sugar is a great sugar alternative especially for diabetics, because it prevents sugar spikes and lows. Coconut sugar is are also filled with many minerals such as potassium, iron, magnesium or zinc, that you won’t find in normal white sugar.

The combination of freshly ground almonds, Chia seeds, coconut sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon and vanilla is simply divine! Your going to love these cookies this Christmas, I promise!


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If you’re like me, you’re a terrible gift planner/giver/buyer/etc., and it’s now too late to purchase anything meaningful.

But, like me, you likely have one redeeming quality: You love food and always have it around. Let’s use our kitchens as a resource and make candied nuts, shall we? Who doesn’t love the gift of food?!

These nuts are extra, extra easy because they require 9 basic ingredients, about 15 minutes to make, and 1 PAN.

That’s right. No bowl required. Just dump walnuts and pecans onto a baking sheet, season, roast for 12-15 minutes, and BAM. You have roasty, toasty, delectable gifts or snacks. Wasn’t that simple?

These nuts truly are so easy they’ve become my go-to last-minute snack, salad– and oatmeal-topper, and gift (of course).

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Perfectly sweet
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Keep them all for yourself or double the recipe and portion out into jars wrapped with twine and a little gift tag. Awe, isn’t that cute? And festive? Yeah, it totally is.

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Gluten Free Spiced Orange and Almond cake

Note, this cake takes about 3 1/2 hours to make using the traditional recipe so leave plenty of time. You can speed it up by microwaving or pressure cooking the oranges in the first step.

This is a lovely gluten-free almond flour cake recipe with the unique addition of boiled oranges for flavour instead of orange essence. It's very easy to make and will make a perfect end to any festive meal. You can serve it with ice cream, custard or some fruit coulis if you fancy. It's definitely a cake to add to your gluten free cake recipe collection.

You can substitute oranges for clementines too, which make it perfect for a Christmas party.

Ingredients

For the cake

  • 3 oranges
  • 300 g/10½oz ground almonds
  • 300 g/10½oz caster sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 7 free-range eggs
  • some marmalade for glazing
  • orange liquer, optional

Instructions

  1. For the cake, put the unpeeled oranges in a pan with a lid. Try to use organic oranges or the best ones that are in season. Some people like to use Seville oranges for the extra zing in flavour. Just make sure that you scrub the wax off the skin before you boil the oranges as it changes the flavour.
  2. Cover with cold water, bring to the boil and simmer for 1½-2 hours, or until the skins are soft and the insides broken down. Drain and, when cool enough to handle, cut each orange in half and remove the seeds.
  3. A couple of faster ways is to microwave halved oranges in a bowl with a bit of water, covered for 10 minutes on high. The second alternative is to cook the oranges in a pressure cooker for 20 minutes. (I knew there were more ways I can use the pressure cooker).
  4. Put the chopped up oranges in the food processor or the Sage SuperQ Blender which will yield a really lovely smooth puree. You really need the skin, pith, fruit and all to get the fragrance and bitterness from the rind that gives this cake the flavour.
  5. Preheat the oven to 160C/325F/Gas 3 and grease and line a 24cm/9½in loaf tin or a 20cm/8in cake tin.
  6. Weigh the orange pulp and keep 450g/1lb (discard the rest).
  7. Place back in the food processor with all the dry ingredients and add the eggs one at a time until you have a smooth batter. I just mixed all the ingredients in a mixing bowl instead.
  8. Pour the cake mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 1 hour -1 hour 20 minutes, or until the sides start to come away from the tin. It might seem quite long but the mixture is very moist.
  9. Check the cake after 40 minutes and cover with aluminium foil to stop the top burning.
  10. Remove the cake from the oven and leave to cool on a wire rack.
  11. When the cake is cold, remove it from the tin.
  12. Heat some fine peel orange marmalade in a pan and spread it over the cake. If you want it boozy, you can always poke some holes in the cake with a skewer and pour over some orange liqueur.
  13. (If you want to make the spiced plum sauce that was on the show, you can find the recipe at the BBC website, link below)

Notes

This is a delicious cake for any occasion. If you are making it for a festive party, you can dress it up with some flaked almonds, redcurrants or even cute little figurines you can buy from the shops. It really is quite easy to make even though the steps take a long while.


"This is sweet simplicity at it's best. There are no overpowering flavors in this, just good comfort food. One of my favorite types of recipes! The only change I made , was using a red pepper instead of green , personal preference of the household. Baked in the time stated and came out perfect. The photo I took is next day , cold out of the fridge. There is NO WAY I could get a good 'hot' shot! LOL Great simple recipe , thanks so much for sharing! Made for fall PAC '08"


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