Almond cakes and cookies treats

Linzer cookies

November 15, 2016
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If I find something I am looking for amongst the hordes of stuff we have in our garage, I actually compliment myself and treat myself to something nice. This morning Navigating the tight ropes of our messy garage shelf,I actually found something worthwhile. This really made my day. Most other days it just ends up as another futile attempt of searching for s needle in a haystack.
I must have arranged & rearranged it at least a thousand times and sorted the shelves numerous times only  to rediscover it again being messed up by our little rascals. My boys somehow find great satisfaction and derive immense pleasure in turning the garage on its head and then multiply it by a 100 times. But boys will be boys…
Well, call it a luck or just pure chance I bumped into a carton that was sealed and hidden away in the dark recesses of a forgotten shelf. It has been almost three years  since we relocated from overseas & it is hard to imagine that some of these boxes till date have remained unattended and still sealed and surprisingly been spared the investigation of my boys curiosity.
I suppose it is curiosity and the sense of wonder and a genuine risk taking nature that makes all children so creative. A messy place is not chaos & disorder but rather an incubator of ideas and a womb of creativity. I wish we never loose our childhood. 
Coming back to my prized find that had my name on it. I ripped open the carton only to find my old cookbooks,

Loads  and loads of cookery magazines, baking books and more and more cookbooks.

It was absolutely exciting flipping the pages of my old favourite & some even greased and stained books and revive some old thoughts and memories of my cooking spirits. Some of these books have been my early inspirations and remain thus. One particular book was The great cookie book, I had picked up on our first trip to US way back in 2001. My hubby was absolutely reluctant to bag it as it was bulky and giant . He is quite aware how adamant I can get and do the argument was easily settled.
With more than 200 baking ideas along with pictures and tutorials, it is a keep sake forever.
I am Glad that I have sampled and experimented quite a lot from that book.

Wish I had a blog to record it…

This Linzer cookies were a debacle for the first time. The original recipe calls for blanched whole almonds and  then to mill it to make almond meal. That’s an important step. The meal has to be in the right consistency otherwise the dough will  crack and will turn out  dry.
These days it is easy to source ground almond meal from shop and if you are following my recipes, You know I am a big fan of almond meal.Last weekend I tempted my boys to make a batch of cookies and sandwich it with raspberry and rhubarb preserve that I made it when rhubarb was in season.

The feel of Christmas has just started with shops getting ready to unveil their latest trends and picks. So why not soak ourself with a festive feeling baking and savouring some simple homemade treats.

Enjoy……

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Linzer cookies
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Recipe type: cookies
 
Ingredients
  • I cup almond meal
  • 1½ cup plain flour
  • ¾ cup butter
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • lemon zest
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup of Desired jam to sandwich
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
Instructions
  1. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Whisk in egg and mix it till well incorporated.
  2. Stir in lemon zest and vanilla extract.
  3. Add almond meal and flour to the above batter and mix well to form a dough.
  4. Gather into a ball, wrap in a cling wrap and chill for 1 hour.
  5. Divide the dough into four parts. Roll each piece out on a slightly floured surface to a thickness of ⅛ inch thickness. Using cutters of desired shapes, stamp out circles and then stamp out the centres from half the circles.
  6. Make sure you have equal number of rings and circles.
  7. Preheat the oven for 175 'C and bake for 12 to 14 minutes until lightly browned. Allow to cool for a few minutes before transferring into wire rack.
  8. In a sauce pan , melt the jam with lemon juice until it comes to simmer.
  9. Brush the jam over the cookie and sandwich it together. Store in a airtight containers.
Notes
The original recipe is Eggless. If you using whole almonds, use 1 cup of blanched almonds and grind them using 3 tablespoon of Plain flour from the ingredients.

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