Almond and Cranberry biscuits

I had some almonds floating around with nothing to do so decided to try out some biscuits. I found a recipe for almond biscuits but I thought they sounded a little bit boring on their own, so I jazzed them up with a bit of cranberry. It’s a good job too because when I tried them I could barely even taste the almond! I think if I do it again I’ll definitely put more almond in, they could have been really nice but they were just lacking in taste, so if you try them just up the amount of roasted and ground almonds slightly, use your judgement 🙂

I found the recipe on bakingmad.com and just added the cranberries, everything else is the same

Ingredients:

25g Flaked almonds (though I’d recommend more, about 40g)

125g Softened butter

75g Light muscovado sugar

1 Egg yolk

25g Ground almonds (again, maybe use 35g)

55g Dried cranberries

125g Self-raising flour

50g Demerara sugar

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 190C/375F/gas mark 5. Grease and line your baking sheets.

2. Toast the flaked almonds. You can chop them up into small pieces after this, or leave them as they are – I left them but it might create more flavour if you chop them up, so I’m going to try that next time.

3. Cream together the butter and muscovado sugar, then beat in the egg yolk. After this you can chuck in your roasted and ground almonds!

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4. Add the cranberries and the flour to create a lovely thick, smooth dough that you should be able to shape with your hands.

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5. Divide the mixture into walnut sized pieces – roll them into balls then roll them in the demerara sugar to give them a good coating. Pop them on the baking sheet and flatten them down a bit so they’re more biscuit-shaped.

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6. Bake for about 10 minutes – just keep an eye out and take them out when they’re brown around the outside.

Enjoy!

If you try baking them with the extra ground and flaked almonds in, let me know what it’s like! I’d love to hear what you think….

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