Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Recipe: War-time Almond Biscuits



If you follow me on twitter you may have noticed that I am On A Diet. As a result I'm currently trying out a bit of healthy cooking, so - naturally - I look to the past for inspiration: I figure that what with shortages and rationing, war-time and postwar recipes should be both simple and (comparatively) healthy. Feeling peckish around tea-time I picked out this recipe from my copy of "Good Eating" as it's super quick & easy, and I had all the ingredients to hand.

8oz. flour
3oz. margarine (I used butter as I didn't have marg!)
3oz. sugar
1 egg (the recipe calls for reconstituted dried egg but I used a real one)
1 tsp almond essence

Basically mix everything together, adding a little milk if necessary (I didn't). The recipe suggests rolling out and cutting into rounds, but I just formed small balls and flattened with a fork. Then bake in a moderate oven (I set it to about 180C) until golden.

This makes about 24 small biscuits, at around 75 calories each. They're excellent with tea.

You can also replace the almond essence for a teaspoonful of ground ginger or cinnamon, or a handful of mixed dried fruit and a 1/2 teaspoonful mixed spice.

19 comments:

  1. These look yum. I love old recipes!

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  2. Me, too, always interesting. I'd have to substitute for the almonds, though. I am the great Almond Hater! Actually, I don't mind the nuts themselves, it's the flavouring I don't like, as in marzipan etc.

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    1. Me too! I have never understood why almonds themselves are so much more palatable than almond flavouring. Is the flavouring actually made of almonds, do you know, or is it synthetic?

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    2. You can get artificial almond flavouring, but the real stuff is from actual almonds. Because it's literally the distilled "essence", the flavour is very intense. Personally, I love it!

      xx Charlotte

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  3. Oh I love almond biscuits. I will definitely be trying tis out x

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  4. Thanks for this recipe, they look yummy. Definitely gonna try this! XxxX http://thesecondhandrose.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. gosh, they look positively healthy. Although Shaun T would probably have you throw in half a kilo of protein powder...

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  6. I have an amazing wartime pudding recipe. I'll just away and find it

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  7. Victory Sponge.

    Grate 1 large raw potato and 2 medium raw carrots, mix in 1 breakfastcup of wholemeal breadcrumbs, 1 tablespoon self raising flour, 2 tablespoons sugar, half teaspoon of vanilla. Thoroughly stir in 1 teaspoon baking powder. Mix well.

    Put 2 or 3 tablespoons of jam in a heated basin, run it round to cover the inside. Put in the pudding mixture, cover top and steam for 2 hours.

    It is fantastic hot and cold. No fat, no eggs and 2 portions of veg! I love it with custard, but whatever takes your fancy.


    Enjoy!

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    1. Having written the recipe I had to make it - sounds so unlikely - but it's good!

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  8. What a fun post today! I can't wait to try both the biscuits and the sponge. Charlotte, I recommend butter over margarine. Butter has been long maligned but some (including moi!) argue for it's beneficial place in a the daily diet.

    Bon Appetit!

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  9. How wonderfully yummy looking! I've always been a fan of classic, "just a handful of ingredients" cookie recipes like this. For an extra sweet treat, I'd be tempted to dip them in dark chocolate, but they look perfect as is, too.

    ♥ Jessica

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  10. I love the look of this recipe! Although I don't snack a lot, I always get a bit nibbly mid-afternoon, so these might be just the little something to take off the edge until dinner! ;) Though knowing me, I'll probably put a dollop of honey or jam on one... hehe!

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  11. I just made these!! LOVE them. I’m in America, so I used 1 cup flour, 1/3 cup butter, 1/3 cup sugar, 1 tsp almond extract, 1 egg, and a pinch of salt. I made little balls and flattened them with a meat tenderizer because I thought that would be faster than using a fork. I had to dip the head of the meat tenderizer in sugar, so it wouldn’t stick to the dough. I baked them at 350degree F. oven for maybe 10 minutes on a lightly greased cookie sheet. They are fabulous! They are just perfect, slightly sweet little bites. I will make these again! Thanks for sharing this delightful retro recipe.

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  12. Hey they look nice on the photos! Recipe is explained well, so i will give it a try later. I was searching for something new and sweet.

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  13. That sounds delicious! I have to try and make them in the near future. thanks for sharing!

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