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MEIN YIDDISCHE MAMA: Messianic Home Life

So enjoy this classic Jewish recipe from Eastern Europe as an excellent nosh with coffee or tea already!


Makes 24-36

3 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 cup ground almonds
1 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
3 eggs
1 ¼ cup superfine sugar
Grated rind of 1 lemon
1 tsp almond extract
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup blanched almonds, roughly chopped

1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease two baking sheets. Sift together the flour, ground almonds, baking powder, and salt.
2. Using an electric whisk or mixer, beat together the eggs and sugar for about 5 minutes, or until light and fluffy, then beat in the lemon rind and almond and vanilla extract. Slowly add the flour and ground almonds, a little at a time, mixing until well blended. Add the chopped almonds and mix well.
3. Turn the mixture on to a floured surface and knead gently for about 5 minutes. Divide the dough into two pieces and form each into a long, flat loaf. Place on the baking sheets and bake for 35 minutes, or until golden brown.
4. Remove the loaves from the oven and leave for about 15 minutes to cool slightly. When cool, cut them into ½ in. Diagonal slices, taking care not to break or crush the soft insides of the loaves.
5. Arrange the slices on clean baking sheets (working in batches). Bake for 6-7 minutes until the undersides are golden and flecked with brown. Turn the slices over and bake for 6-7 minutes more. Cool on a wire rack.
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