Monday, October 20, 2008

#83 Almond Fingers

The almond finger. A Mr Kipling favourite I think. I recently decided, since there is no such thing as a bad cake, that if I am to avoid a severe sugar and carbohydrate addiction that I should never buy a cake again; if I want one, I’ll just have to bloody-well bake one meself. I remember liking these as a student, and my Mum used to make them when I was little, so I thought I’d give Grigger’s recipe a go. Griggers reckons that the difference between the flavour of the commercial ones and the home-made. Also, I was off to my mate Stuarty’s flat, and thought it would be nice to bring round something home-baked. People don’t do that kind of thing these days do they? We had a grand old night playing Guitar Hero and getting sloshed.

The recipe is in two stages: First of all you need to make a sweet pastry for the base. Cream together 4 ounces of softened butter and 3 heaped tablespoons of icing sugar. Next, beat in an egg, then a tablespoon of lemon juice, and 8 ounces of plain flour. Wrap the pastry in cling film and let it rest in the fridge for an hour, or the freezer for 20 minutes if rushed for time, as I was. Roll out the pastry into a lined 7 x 11 inch Swiss roll tin. Don’t worry if it breaks up – sugary pastry always does – just fill in any holes with spare bits. Lastly, spread a thin layer of apricot jam over the pastry and phase one is complete!

Now make the filling: Cream together 5 ounces of softened butter with the same weight of vanilla sugar (make your own), beat in 2 eggs, then a heaped tablespoon of flour, 4 ounces of ground almonds and lastly, 2 tablespoons of dark rum. Spread this evenly over the sweet pastry and sprinkle over 2 ounces of slivered almonds. Bake at 180ºC for 35-40 minutes.

#83 Almond Fingers. 7.5/10. Jane was right; much better than any bought nonsense. The whole remains very moist, almost like a cookie. I feel that I was a bit too tipsy to appreciate it, I hear Stuart was still eating them a couple of days after, so they can’t have been bad.


Anonymous said...

is icing sugar what we call here in the colonies "powdered sugar"? as opposed to "superfine" (still granulated, but barely).

Anonymous said...

plus, this and guitar hero in one night sounds like an orgy.

Neil Buttery said...

It was a total orgy! We could barely contrrol ourselves.

Yes, icing sugar is powdered sugar. Which colony are you from?

Stuart Kinlough said...

These are now my favourite type of fingers and were tested under the following scientifically controlled conditions:
1) Still warm
2) In a lunch box the next day
3) From the fridge about two days later.
They are definitely best really cold from the fridge. There's only a tiny hint of jam and lots of almondy goodness which is a perfect balance. 10/10. I'd going to make some of these bad boys under direct supervision.

Neil Buttery said...

Good man, Stuarty!

We'll get you cooking somehow!