The easiest baked treat ever!
I love watching shows on PBS AZ. It’s not like I follow any of the shows as such but while channel surfing I do confess to stopping and watching the cooking and painting shows once in a while. That’s how I discovered this recipe by Rachel Allen. She is definitely from Britain. And she was talking about afternoon tea and the snacks that go with it. Everything she made looked so delicious and had very simple ingredients and the process looked real easy too. One of the dishes she made was Almond Crescents. It had just four ingredients; almond flour / meal, sugar, egg whites and orange zest. How much easier can baking get! So obviously I had to try it. This made 16 almond crescents and takes about 15-20 minutes to bake. It takes about 5 minutes to prepare the dough.
- 7 oz almond meal
- 4 oz sugar
- 2 egg whites
- zest of 1 orange
- 5-6 tablespoons of flaked almonds
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- In a mixing bowl, mix together the ground almonds, sugar and orange zest.
- In another bowl, whisk the egg whites for a few secs until the whites are broken up.
- Mix half the egg whites into the flour-sugar-zest and mix until it comes together. It should be quite a soft and sticky mixture. Add more egg whites only if required.
- Roll the soft dough into a large sausage and then divide it into 16 parts. Shape them into crescents.
- Roll each piece in the flaked almonds sprinkled on a plate.
- Line a baking tray with parchment paper and place the crescents in the baking tray.
- Bake the almond crescents for 15-20 mins until golden. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.
This has to be one of the easiest baked treats I have ever made. It can be made in a rush and is ready to be had with tea in half hour. Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I did and all thanks to Rachel Allen this time.