Thursday, 6 December 2012

The Great Online Cookie Exchange

This is my second on line cookie exchange that I've participated in. Organised by JZ. Thanks JZ.

Spiced Almond Biscuits.

Lets get started....

First you'll need an apron, then put the kettle and make some tea while you gather the ingredients.

300g plain flour
200g ground almonds
1 fast action dried yeast
25g butter, diced
2tbsp freshly grated lemon zest
2tbsp finely grated orange zest
150ml sweet white wine
3 eggs, one for brushing
150g mixed candied peel, finely chopped
150g whole almonds
1 tsp ground cinnamon
pinch of grated nutmeg
icing sugar, for dusting.

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas 4.

2. Mix the flour, ground almonds and yeast together in a large bowl (now don't get the flour over you)

3. Add the butter and rub it in with your fingertips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.

4 Beat the eggs

add to the mixture with the lemon, orange zest, wine, candied peel, almonds, cinnamon and nutmeg. Mix well, preferably with your hands, to form a soft dough.

5. Form into golf ball shapes about 12.5-15cm long. Shape each one into a ring, overlapping the ends slightly and pressing them together to seal, so that they resemble small bagels (or any shape you choose)

6. Place on baking sheets lined with greaseproof paper and brush with beaten egg.

7. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until golden brown.

8. Dust with icing sugar and serve.

Now remember to clean up properly after you've finished baking or you'll end up like this lady. 


1manview said...

We really was going to try this, but for some reason ML apron kept falling off... :) Love the images...

Peace and love

MrJ said...

Thank you, that what useful in manifold ways. :-)) I have immediately sent the hyperlink to this post to my beloved sub wife.

Bas said...

OK gathering the ingredients:
Apron: check
Kettle: damn, no kettle anywhere

Sorry, cannot make this recipe, I'll stick to admiring the illustrations.

Anastasia Vitsky said...

Those eggs! OMG, those eggs!!!

How do you expect anyone to pay attention to the recipe?


ronnie said...

1MV - LOL. That's what you say:) Thanks 1MV

MrJ - I hope you get a nice surprise on your return home. Thanks MrJ

Bas - LOL. Do you really not have a kettle?

Ana - I love them:) Thanks.


Roz said...

Lol, I agree with Ana - OMG those eggs!

For some reason, I keep getting distracted half way through making them!


Anonymous said...


Terrific post. Very clever use of photos.

And, I bet the cookies taste great.


Anonymous said...

Ok, so really, i didn't even read the recipe! i'll have to go back to do that.

But i'm sure it's a wonderful recipe. The pictures are marvelous.



Red said...

not into baking myself, but appreciate the photos. Remember not to leave the cleaning up for your son to do to save you from being in trouble. :)
bottoms up

Anonymous said...

The recipe sounds good, but this post and pictures to boot are the greatest! LOL

Anonymous said...

Ahhh....the poor little egg.
I wonder what she did?

Thanks for the recipe - it sounds delicious, and the links to others.

sunnygirl said...

My hubby would join in cookie preparation in this kitchen.
Great pix.

Serenity said...

Sexiest cookie post I've seen today!

Anonymous said...


I busted a gut at the "beat the eggs" graphic. Too too funny.

This cookie sounds sooo good. I will find a friend to bake it for me, I am dying to try it.


ronnie said...

Roz - LOL. Thanks.

Joey - You know me and pictures. Cheers.

Aisha - Thanks and yes, the biscuits are quite nice.

Red - I wont:) and thanks Red.

Emi Jones - Thought I'd add a little extra to the recipe:) Thanks.

Ians Mrs - Forgot to make his dinner:) Thank you.

lillie - Your welcome. Thank you.

SG - I know P would. Thanks SG.

Serenity - :) Thanks for visiting.

Hedone - Hi. One of my favourite pictures:) Thanks.


Tom Allen said...

"Beat the egg."

That yolk always cracks me up!

lil said...

Lol. From now on, whenever a recipe says "beat eggs" I'm going to see that picture.

SirQsmlb said...

Oh I LOVE the pictorial accompaniment!!! I am happy to have found your blog. Thanks for the recipe!


I wish I could cook. Perhaps it is time to get spanked for not being able to :) There is always a bright side.


Anonymous said...

Is it just me, or are there a hundred and one potential spanking utensils in a kitchen.Wonder how an evening meal gets to the table sometimes ! Sarah,LD,UK

Anonymous said...

YOu have renewed my interest in working with Lynda in the Kitchen.

Jz said...

Are we still allowed to make this recipe if we don't look like these women?
Cuz I REALLY wanna try this recipe!
It sounds great!

Thanks for coming back and sharing, ma'am!

Same sassy girl said...

Mmmm... treats for the eyes and the mouth! Thanks for sharing. Happy Holidays!

Minelle Labraun said...

I agree the egg image made my day!! Lol

ronnie said...

Tom - LOL. Thanks.

Lil - It makes me smile everytime I see it. Thank you.

SirQsmlb - Your welcome. Thanks for stopping by.

Pref - Oh yes, definitely a punishable offence not being able to cook:) Cheers.

Sarah - I usually get a sot with the table mats at the end of a meal. Thank you.

Mick - Make sure the boys aren't home. Thanks.

JZ LOL. Thanks for organising it JZ. Look forward to next year.

Same Sassy Girl - My pleasure. Thank you.

Minelle - Glad you liked them. Thanks.


Ami said...

Wonderful pictures Ronnie - the recipe is great too! (Roared with laughter about the Ajax sitting on the draining board!!) Hugs, Ami

ronnie said...

Ami - Thank you. I missed the Ajax LOL.


Elysia said...

Like everyone, I enjoyed the pictures! You're always so clever Ronnie!
But where's the whipped cream? ;-)
I've never had biscuits like these- are they for dessert?
Thanks and Happy Holidaze! :-) E

Anonymous said...

I love your recipe and illustrations! Oh what fun to bake cookies! :-)