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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. Bintu Hardy

    3rd March 2014 at 11:20 am

    I like everything about this except the mincemeat. Not a fan

  2. Tracey Peach

    3rd March 2014 at 11:25 am

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

  3. Heather Haigh

    3rd March 2014 at 11:44 am

    I love mincemeat – the shortbread is a must.

  4. Alida

    3rd March 2014 at 12:14 pm

    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!

  5. Caroline

    3rd March 2014 at 12:15 pm

    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.

  6. jenniwren12

    3rd March 2014 at 12:32 pm

    squidgy apple cake

  7. Louise A

    3rd March 2014 at 12:36 pm

    Carrot cake!

  8. Corina

    3rd March 2014 at 12:55 pm

    My banana upside down cake.

  9. Lorraine

    3rd March 2014 at 1:03 pm

    Victoria sandwich

  10. ali thorpe

    3rd March 2014 at 1:07 pm

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

  11. belleau kitchen

    3rd March 2014 at 1:52 pm

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

  12. Hannah ONeill

    3rd March 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Banana and walnut cake

  13. Ania

    3rd March 2014 at 2:43 pm

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

  14. mummy24

    3rd March 2014 at 6:01 pm

    banoffee pie!


  15. Gill

    3rd March 2014 at 6:08 pm

    This recipe!!
    I love mincemeat!!

  16. Lynn

    3rd March 2014 at 7:25 pm

    My fabulous carrot cake recipe, cant lose that

  17. jillwebb

    3rd March 2014 at 7:30 pm

    my rock cake recipe

  18. London Unattached Food

    3rd March 2014 at 8:43 pm

    yum! I really like this recipe. But then I really like cake – especially if someone else makes it!

  19. Karen S Booth

    3rd March 2014 at 8:51 pm

    Love mincemeat and love these wee bakes!

  20. Christian Halfmann

    3rd March 2014 at 8:54 pm

    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.

  21. twannywun

    3rd March 2014 at 9:13 pm

    sounds great
    karen scammell

  22. Emma Nixon

    3rd March 2014 at 9:38 pm

    A carrot cake recipe

  23. Anna-Marie Donnelly

    3rd March 2014 at 10:28 pm

    Chocolate Fudge Cake

  24. Heidi Roberts

    3rd March 2014 at 10:33 pm

    Those slices look perfect for afternoon cup of coffee!!

  25. Deena Kakaya

    4th March 2014 at 12:08 am

    Bakewell meets mince pie, lovely idea xx

  26. Johanna GGG

    4th March 2014 at 1:29 am

    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 🙂

  27. Lorna MacFadyen

    4th March 2014 at 5:26 am

    definitely my lemon drizzle cake!

  28. Angie Hoggett

    4th March 2014 at 7:16 am

    My perfect vanilla sponge!

  29. jen harris

    4th March 2014 at 7:46 am


  30. Sylvia F.

    4th March 2014 at 8:38 am

    What a creative idea using mince meat! They look fab!

  31. Nayna Kanabar

    4th March 2014 at 10:20 am

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

  32. julie laing

    4th March 2014 at 12:03 pm

    carrot cake with cream cheese frosting

  33. Tina Anand

    4th March 2014 at 4:04 pm

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

  34. Morgan @ Peaches, Please!

    4th March 2014 at 5:14 pm

    The notebook is lovely. Mincemeat is not a flavor I grew up with, so I still approach it with caution, but your slices look tasty.

  35. clairew137

    4th March 2014 at 10:09 pm

    Carrot cake.

  36. Helen Grayson

    5th March 2014 at 9:38 am

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

  37. Isis1981uk

    5th March 2014 at 7:59 pm

    My mum’s amazing ginger cake.

  38. Jane Sarchet

    5th March 2014 at 9:04 pm

    YUM! That slice looks amazing Choclette!
    Janie x

  39. mellysocks

    5th March 2014 at 10:11 pm

    Queen of puddings

  40. cal

    6th March 2014 at 6:00 pm

    Definitely strawberry gateau!

  41. GG

    6th March 2014 at 10:41 pm

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

  42. Lou, Eat Your Veg

    6th March 2014 at 11:01 pm

    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.

  43. maxineflossy

    7th March 2014 at 3:49 pm

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

  44. frances hopkins

    7th March 2014 at 8:29 pm

    fruit cake

  45. Sheila Reeves

    8th March 2014 at 4:06 pm

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

  46. Victoria

    8th March 2014 at 9:16 pm

    my favourite brownie recipe 🙂

  47. Jacqueline Meldrum

    9th March 2014 at 5:35 pm

    They look wonderful and a lovely recipe book too. Win/win!

  48. Emma

    9th March 2014 at 9:34 pm

    Shortbread Cake

  49. Solange

    10th March 2014 at 12:28 am

    Carrot cake

  50. Isa Bel

    10th March 2014 at 10:21 am

    Looks pretty interesting x x

  51. peter campbell

    10th March 2014 at 7:36 pm

    banana and chocolate cake

  52. Helen

    11th March 2014 at 11:20 am

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

  53. angie mummy

    11th March 2014 at 11:26 am


  54. jenny morgan

    14th March 2014 at 1:26 pm

    a carrot cake yummy

  55. Janice Pattie

    16th March 2014 at 8:30 pm

    What a great little book and I love the chocolate mincemeat substitution!

  56. Lani Nash

    16th March 2014 at 11:49 pm

    A good carrot cake recipe

  57. Anonymous

    20th March 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Anything with cream cheese

    Spencer Broadley

  58. Miriam Said

    20th March 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Butterfly cakes.

  59. Kathy Cakebread

    20th March 2014 at 6:08 pm

    apple pie

  60. Michelle Banks

    20th March 2014 at 6:24 pm

    ginger cake x

  61. Karen Cowley

    20th March 2014 at 6:47 pm

    love this , thanks for the chance xx

  62. sarah rees

    20th March 2014 at 7:35 pm

    lemon drizzle cake yummers

  63. Sandra Lane

    20th March 2014 at 7:48 pm

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

  64. Denielle Nicol

    20th March 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Death By Chocolate! Yummy yum yum.

  65. pauline montgomery

    20th March 2014 at 8:48 pm

    Carrot cake


    20th March 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Chocolate Fudge Cake

  67. Carolin Blaza

    20th March 2014 at 10:46 pm

    Victoria Sandwich

  68. Brenda Wilkes

    20th March 2014 at 11:32 pm

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

  69. kate kathurima

    21st March 2014 at 6:41 am

    Carrott cake

  70. sheridarby

    21st March 2014 at 6:52 am

    Shortbread for me

  71. lisa brandling

    21st March 2014 at 7:36 am

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

  72. kate s-b

    21st March 2014 at 9:52 am

    banana bread

  73. karen

    21st March 2014 at 10:36 pm

    a carrot cake

  74. Bex

    22nd March 2014 at 1:08 am

    red velvet cake

  75. patanne1

    22nd March 2014 at 10:54 am

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

  76. kim heeps

    22nd March 2014 at 1:34 pm

    a double chocolate fudge cake

  77. Prodigal

    22nd March 2014 at 7:25 pm

    Boozy Christmas Cake

  78. Rachel Bustin

    23rd March 2014 at 1:01 pm

    chocolate cake!

  79. Tracey Morton

    23rd March 2014 at 11:57 pm

    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Zebra Cake

  80. Tracy Moore

    25th March 2014 at 1:03 pm

    The Chocolate Cake, I adore chocolate cake.

  81. Anonymous

    25th March 2014 at 11:04 pm

    homemade mincemeat
    lisa ann tebbutt

  82. Zoe R

    26th March 2014 at 7:24 pm

    crispy cornflake tart

  83. clair downham

    26th March 2014 at 8:29 pm

    chocolate fudge cake

  84. Janet T

    26th March 2014 at 11:56 pm

    My friends almond sponge with cream 🙂

  85. Kat Glynn

    27th March 2014 at 1:18 am

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

  86. lynn heath

    27th March 2014 at 2:08 pm

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

  87. tamalyn

    27th March 2014 at 6:16 pm

    my lemon drizzle cake

  88. Clint Howat

    28th March 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Victoria sandwich.

  89. Emily Knight

    28th March 2014 at 6:14 pm

    My chocolate, cherry and Amaretto brownies 🙂

  90. Carlie Bryan

    29th March 2014 at 9:26 am

    chocolate brownie cake

  91. glittery59

    29th March 2014 at 5:15 pm

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

  92. tarcsafalvi

    29th March 2014 at 5:43 pm

    chocolate cookies

  93. Lynn

    29th March 2014 at 5:52 pm

    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.

  94. Unis Ade

    29th March 2014 at 9:04 pm

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

  95. Rachel Gilbey

    29th March 2014 at 10:05 pm

    The chocolate pie I made for christmas

  96. Twiddle Dee

    29th March 2014 at 11:57 pm

    Chocolate Cake 🙂

    Natalie Gillham


    30th March 2014 at 1:10 am

    banana cake 🙂

  98. Pam Francis Gregory

    30th March 2014 at 9:20 am

    Coconut Cake

  99. Laura Vitty

    30th March 2014 at 11:26 am

    Red velvet cake 🙂 beautiful

  100. rugmaker

    30th March 2014 at 12:24 pm

    Basic sponge recipe

  101. emma

    30th March 2014 at 2:13 pm

    banana bread

  102. Chris Fletcher

    30th March 2014 at 2:26 pm

    My Carrot and banana cake recipe – its always a winner!

  103. elizabeth ferguson

    30th March 2014 at 4:28 pm

    chocolate chilli cake

  104. Carol Boffey

    30th March 2014 at 5:36 pm

    red velvet cake

  105. Anonymous

    30th March 2014 at 6:37 pm


    Sue Carter

  106. Deborah Bird

    30th March 2014 at 9:05 pm

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

  107. Kerry Kilmister

    30th March 2014 at 11:28 pm

    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Zebra cake – my kids would love the sound of that!

  108. Joanna Carter

    31st March 2014 at 12:51 am

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

  109. Natalie Crossan

    31st March 2014 at 1:15 am

    Lovely comp 😀 xx

  110. thisisit

    31st March 2014 at 8:40 am

    All in one sponge cake

  111. HayleyT

    31st March 2014 at 8:52 am

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

  112. elff73

    31st March 2014 at 9:43 am

    our families lemon drizzle cake

  113. taja mckenzie-hughes

    31st March 2014 at 11:10 am

    fudge cake

  114. soozwales

    31st March 2014 at 11:52 am

    Welsh cakes

  115. kasza

    31st March 2014 at 2:14 pm

    My Mums double chocolate sponge cake

  116. Happy Homebird

    31st March 2014 at 8:06 pm

    I’d put my white chocolate brownie recipe in.
    (sam fernley)

  117. Heather Tinkler

    31st March 2014 at 9:21 pm

    MMM looks good

  118. Rebecca King

    31st March 2014 at 9:44 pm

    Carrot cake 🙂

  119. Anonymous

    31st March 2014 at 10:13 pm

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

    Rachel Craig


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