Sunday, 19 April 2015

Crunchy Strawberry and Almond Biscuits


I think to say I had a sweet tooth would be a bit of an understatement - I just love desserts. That's why writing these types of posts and having a go at a bit of baking is something I love to do; I might not be the best chef in the world but Karl and I have made some damn good desserts in our time! Anyway today's recipe is all about these simply gorgeous crunchy almond biscuits, complete with strawberry buttercream icing, a strawberry on the top, finished off with a drizzle of white chocolate. My mouth is watering again just by writing this! I came across the idea for this recipe on Vogue (read the original recipe here) and just altered it a tiny bit as I'm not keen on cream so this is how I did it! Full credit for the recipe goes to the author over at Vogue though! 




Ingredients:
  • 200g ground almonds
  • Icing sugar
  • 50g granulated sugar 
  • 3 egg whites
  • White cooking chocolate 
  • Butter 
  • Strawberries



1. Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees. 
2. Combine 50g granulated sugar, 100g of icing sugar and all of the almonds and mix well
3. Whisk the egg yolks until they're white and fluffy
4. Fold them into the almond and sugar mixture until they make a stiff batter 


5. Line a baking tray with grease proof paper (seriously, I usually use flour as I did here but listen to the recipe and use grease proof paper - they WILL stick!) 
6. Dollop the mixture onto the baking tray in small amounts and bake for around 15-20 mins. The original recipe says only 10 but I think I made mine a bit bigger than I was supposed to - if I'm going to make biscuits they're going to be big!
7. Mix butter and icing sugar with an electric whisk until you make a nice fluffy icing. I'm not sure of the exact amounts needed for this as I just guess and keep tasting it until it tastes like icing!
8. Chop up approximately four large strawberries and whisk them into the icing 
9. Pipe the strawberry icing onto the cooled biscuits and add half a strawberry onto each one 
10. Melt the chocolate over a bowl of boiling water and drizzle over the biscuits with a fork



And there you have it! My version of Vogue's Strawberries and Cream biscuits (again you can see the original recipe here). They are truly delicious but I would recommend you let the biscuits properly cool before you eat them as they go soo nice and crunchy - I'll definitely be making these again!

Amy x
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