Almond Mincemeat Slices and a Giveaway #45

If you are anything like me, you will have odds and ends of recipes scattered around the house, used as bookmarks, scribbled on scraps or in piles somewhere or other and never to be found when needed. I keep meaning to get organised and to collect my favourite not to be forgotten recipes in one place, but somehow don’t seem to have managed it – yet.

Recently, I was sent A Cake Lover’s Recipe Notebook by Jane Brocket which would be perfect for this exercise or at least for keeping all my favourite cake recipes together. Published by Jacqui Small, it comes as a spiral bound hardback measuring roughly 20 x 23cm with a pretty vintage style textured cloth cover. The notebook is divided into sections, mostly categorised by type of cake and separated by tabs. It starts with an introduction, encouragingly entitled, let’s eat cake which celebrates the joy of baking. There then follows a chapter on baking essentials, which usefully outlines essential ingredients, equipment, methods and techniques. At the back of the book, you can find a list of  addresses for suppliers. Each section includes two pre-prepared recipes. These are not meant to be particularly innovative, but classic cakes which, we are assured, are failsafe and perfect for the beginner. The recipes are all accompanied by beautiful vintage type illustrations that make me want to throw a tea party immediately.

Each section has about 16 recipe cards with space for ingredients, method and what size cake it makes or how many. It also has a handy little tick box for “make again”. There is a page to list the shape, size and number of your baking tins (or moulds in my case). I think I shall find this particularly useful as I don’t have the room to have them all in one cupboard or even all in the kitchen and often lose track of what I’ve actually got. At the back of the book, you will find pages for notes as well as favourite cake and baking shops, an idea I felt was particularly appealing.

Out of the twelve recipes included, I was relieved to see that three of them were chocolate ones: brownies, mocha cake and bûche de Noël. However, after considering making fondant fancies and covering them with chocolate icing, I decided to adapt the almond slice recipe instead. I had a jar of my chilli chocolate mincemeat left over from the Christmas before last and it was in need of using up. I thought it would make an ideal substitute for the raspberry jam in the recipe. I made only half the quantity as sadly, I had no tea party to give.

This is how I made:

Almond Mincemeat Slices

  • Poured 100g flour (half wholemeal, half white) into a mixing bowl together with 25g ground almonds and 25g cardamom sugar (caster).
  • Added 60g cubed unsalted butter and rubbed this into the flour until the mixture resembled breadcrumbs.
  • Added 1 tbsp of cold water and stirred with a knife.
  • Poured the mixture into a 7″ sq silicone mould and pressed it down with a spoon to form an even layer on the bottom.
  • Baked at 180°C for 10 minutes.
  • Creamed 70g unsalted butter with 70g cardamom sugar (caster) until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in 1 duck egg.
  • Sifted in 70g ground almonds, 40g flour (half wholemeal, half white) and ½ tsp baking powder.
  • Stirred until just combined.
  • Spread a layer of mincemeat over the shortbread base (about 8 tbsp) then covered this with the frangipane topping.
  • Scattered a handful of flaked almonds over the top and baked at 180°C for 18 minutes until the top was risen and golden.
  • Left to cool in the mould, then cut into 12 slices.

These slices were a true delight. The shortbread base was short and crumbly, the frangipane top was light and almondy and the chocolate mincemeat held it all together very nicely.

As my mincemeat was about to walk out of the cupboard and into the bin, I just got there in time. So I’m submitting this to the No Waste Food Challenge, normally hosted by Elizabeth’s Kitchen but this month by the wonderful Chris of Cooking Around the World.

Thanks to Jacqui Small for the notebook. There was no requirement to write a positive review and as always all opinions are my own.

Jacqui Small have kindly agreed to give two of my readers a copy of A Cake Lover’s Recipe Notebook. To be in with a chance of winning, please fill in the Gleam widget below. You will need to leave a comment on this post which then gives you additional chances to enter if you so wish. Gleam will pick a winner at random from the entries received. If you are commenting anonymously, please give me some way of identifying you as I will be verifying the validity of entries. Any automated or invalid entries will be disqualified. This giveaway is only open to those with a UK postal address. Winners will need to respond within 7 days of being contacted. Failure to do this will result in another winner being picked.

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Closing date is Monday 31st March 2014

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  1. Leave a Reply

    Tracey Peach
    3rd March 2014

    My First Recipe I Would Put Into The Cake Lovers Notebook Would Be For A Chocolate Cake

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    3rd March 2014

    MIncemeat is something I had in the UK for the first time. So rich and interesting I soon got addicted to it! I have only had it over Christmas but I love your slices with almonds. They are the perfect treat with a cup of tea, a strickly British one!

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    3rd March 2014

    I’d put my lemon drizzle cake recipe in first. I’d love to have all my bits of paper and files on my laptop in one place.

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    ali thorpe
    3rd March 2014

    I’d put my cinnamon bun recipe first as I’m always tweaking it and always baking it!

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    belleau kitchen
    3rd March 2014

    those almond slices are beautiful… I would love one of those beauties right now with a cuppa! xx

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    3rd March 2014

    I would put in WZ cake- a Polish chocolate and cream cake!

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    Christian Halfmann
    3rd March 2014

    That sounds delicious, there are a lot of great elements, of which I especially like the frangipane topping. Definitely a wonderful use of that chocolate mincemeat.

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    Johanna GGG
    4th March 2014

    looks so yummy – I have too many recipes about my house that need organising but I think I need a special recipe room not just a scrap book 🙂

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    Lorna MacFadyen
    4th March 2014

    definitely my lemon drizzle cake!

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    Nayna Kanabar
    4th March 2014

    Mince meat, funnily I am not a love of mince pies but you have given the mincemeat a nice twist.

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    Tina Anand
    4th March 2014

    That is a beautiful notebook and would be a lovely way to save treasured recipes.

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    Helen Grayson
    5th March 2014

    Sponge cake. Made with my mums recipe! She adds little bits and I never remember how much of each to put in!

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    6th March 2014

    Great looking slice, I love mincemeat so this is perfect. GG

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    Lou, Eat Your Veg
    6th March 2014

    Yummy, they sound delish. I’ve got sick of looking at the jar of leftover homemade mincemeat in my fridge and really should use it up one day soon!. The recipe notebook looks delightful too.

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    7th March 2014

    coffee and walnut cake – always a crowd pleaser! Love the idea of your slices though, really great combo

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    Sheila Reeves
    8th March 2014

    My sisters flapjack recipe – I’ve written it down so many times & lost it the same amount of times :))

  17. Leave a Reply

    8th March 2014

    my favourite brownie recipe 🙂

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    11th March 2014

    I am fairly sure that I still have some Christmas mincemeat in the fridge. Time to use it up!

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    sarah rees
    20th March 2014

    lemon drizzle cake yummers

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    Sandra Lane
    20th March 2014

    I’d put my mums orange and almond cake in. It’s lovely and moist and tastes divine.

  21. Leave a Reply

    Denielle Nicol
    20th March 2014

    Death By Chocolate! Yummy yum yum.

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    Brenda Wilkes
    20th March 2014

    What a great idea. Chocolate covered flapjacks wold be my first recipe!

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    lisa brandling
    21st March 2014

    I just made a gorgeous chocolate cake for my husbands birthday yesterday, think that would have to go in first!

  24. Leave a Reply

    22nd March 2014

    the first cake would be carrot cake I think closely followed by date and walnut cake and coffee cake 🙂

  25. Leave a Reply

    Tracey Morton
    23rd March 2014

    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Zebra Cake

  26. Leave a Reply

    25th March 2014

    homemade mincemeat
    lisa ann tebbutt

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    Kat Glynn
    27th March 2014

    I only usually use mincemeat at christmas, so would be nice to give it a try 🙂 x

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    lynn heath
    27th March 2014

    I always thought mincemeat was wasted in just mince pies!!! sounds lovely I may have to give this recipe a try!

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    29th March 2014

    Almond Mincemeat slices, a great way to use up the mincemeat I made at Christmas time.

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    29th March 2014

    I do love my fabulous apple cake with butterscotch frosting, that would definately be going in the book first. I’ll have to add this mincemeat and almond slice too.

  31. Leave a Reply

    Unis Ade
    29th March 2014

    I am a true chocoholic.. More please, Unis Ade

  32. Leave a Reply

    Deborah Bird
    30th March 2014

    red velvet cupcakes, I have never tried baking them yet but would like to!

  33. Leave a Reply

    Joanna Carter
    31st March 2014

    My first recipe I would put into the Cake Lovers Notebook would be for Lemon Blueberry Layer Cake nom nom nom 🙂

  34. Leave a Reply

    31st March 2014

    My first cake recipe in this book would be a yummy lemon drizzle cake x

  35. Leave a Reply

    31st March 2014

    A recipe for Chocolate cake. As my Mum loves chocolate cake.

    Rachel Craig

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