These almond mincemeat slices are a true delight. You’ll find a short and crumbly biscuit base, followed by a layer of chocolate mincemeat which is topped with a light almond frangipane. They’re perfect for both lunchboxes and tea parties.
If you’re 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. Promises made to collect my favourite not-to-be-forgotten recipes in one place. But somehow I 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 aren’t 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. There’s 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 room to keep them all in one cupboard or even in the kitchen. So I 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.
Almond Mincemeat Slices
So, out of the twelve recipes included in the notebook, three of them were chocolate ones. What a relief. I didn’t fancy making brownies however, nor mocha cake or a bûche de Noël. Initially I considered trying out the recipe for fondant fancies and covering them with chocolate icing. In the end though, 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. What an ideal substitute for the raspberry jam in the recipe, I thought. So I proceeded, but adapted the recipe, as I usually do. I made only half the quantity as sadly, I had no tea party to give. And more importantly, CT doesn’t like mincemeat.
As long as you have a jar of mincemeat to hand, these almond mincemeat slices are really quite simple to make. You don’t have to use homemade chocolate mincemeat, of course, but it does make for a particularly delicious slice. The shortbread base is super easy. All you need to do is mix the ingredients, then press down into the baking tin with a back of the spoon. Pop this into the oven whilst you make the frangipane topping.
These slices are a true delight. The shortbread base is short and crumbly, the frangipane top is light and almondy and the chocolate mincemeat holds it all together very nicely. The slices will last for a few days in a sealed container. They’re great for livening up a lunchbox, but they’re also good for parties. Not only are they delicious, but they can be made in advance. They make a nice alternative to mince pies at Christmas too.
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Almond Mincemeat Slices – The Recipe
Almond Mincemeat Slices
- 100 g flour - half wholemeal, half plain
- 25 g ground almonds
- 25 g golden caster sugar (I used cardamom sugar)
- 60 g unsalted butter - cubed
- 1 tbsp cold water
- 70 g unsalted butter
- 70 g golden caster sugar (I used cardamom sugar)
- 1 large egg (I used a duck egg)
- 70 g ground almonds
- 40 g flour - half wholemeal, half plain
- ½ tsp baking powder
- 8-10 tbsp mincemeat (I used my homemade chilli chocolate mincemeat)
- handful of flaked almonds
- Place the flour into a large mixing bowl together with the ground almonds and sugar.
- Add the butter and rub it into the flour with your fingertips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
- Add the water and stir with a knife.
- Pour the mixture into a 7" sq silicone mould or lined tin. Press it down with the back of a spoon to form an even layer on the bottom.
- Bake at 180℃ (350℉, Gas 4) for 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
- Beat in the egg.
- Sift in the ground almonds, flour and baking powder and stir until just combined.
- Spread the mincemeat over the shortbread base then cover with the frangipane.
- Scatter the flaked almonds over the top and bake at 180℃ (350℉, Gas 4) for about 20 minutes or until the top is risen and golden.
- Leave to cool in the mould, then cut into 12 slices.
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.
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