I’m always inspired by the incredible talent out there in the Australian blogosphere. Here are 5 must-try almond recipes by some of our favourite Aussie food bloggers.
1) Pearl of the Sea Macarons by A Table for Two
Billy from A Table for Two blogs his relentless dining adventures from Sydney and around the world, as well as his own original Asian, Western and baking recipes. His Pearl of the Sea macarons, which use almond meal, are almost too pretty to eat. Macarons can be a little intimidating for the average home cook but Billy offers lots of helpful tips and advice on how to get the best results with his signature good humour.
2) Gluten Free Almond Coconut Bread Loaf by My Darling Lemon Thyme
Emma from My Darling Lemon Thyme likes cooking healthy, gluten-free food for her family. While Emma usually blogs her own original (and excellent) recipes, she recently blogged a Gluten-Free almond Coconut Bread Loaf from Gluten-Free Artisan Bread in Five Minutes A Day by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois (Thomas Dunne Books, October 2014) that I was immediately taken with: this bread looks like something to be savoured over a lazy weekend brunch with jams or egg and bacon.
3) Orange and Almond Cake by Souvlaki for the Soul
Peter from Souvlaki for the Soul blogs recipes celebrating his dual Greek and Australian culture, often with an interesting twist or using an unexpected ingredient. Recently Peter blogged this gorgeous Orange and Almond Cake. Doesn’t it look divine? Typically, Peter’s swapped honey for the usual sugar and added a date, raw coconut and pistachio crumble on top for a nice contrasting crunch to the moist denseness of the cake.
4) Quinoa Crackers by A Fresh Legacy
Krystie from A Fresh Legacy has a thriving and highly productive garden and loves cooking her young family meals using home-grown produce. She’s also a big believer in cooking things from scratch rather than buying processed food: these tasty gluten-free crackers are made from quinoa and almond flour along with fresh herbs from the garden.
5) Almond Wattleseed Crescents by He Needs Food
John from He Needs Food is an ex chef who enjoys incorporating Australian native ingredients into his recipes. One ingredient he has used a number of times is native Australian wattle seed and here he has combined it with almond flour (ground almonds) to produce Kiflice Od Badema I Wattleseed (Almond & Wattleseed Crescents), a twist on the usual Croatian shortbread cookie recipe. These look like they would melt in your mouth, don’t they?
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