Nuts. Nuts. Nuts. I love nuts. (Don’t be rude) Particularly almonds. Whole almonds, ground almonds, almond milk. ANY FORM. So much so, I keep having to remind myself not to put nuts in all my recipes because a) some people don’t like them and b) some people are allergic to them. But the day I made this tray bake, I forgot about those people and indulged in my nut heaven. So nut lovers, this is one for you. And me.
175g unsalted butter (at room temperature)
175g caster sugar
3 medium eggs
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 limes (juice and zest)
120g ground almonds
50g wholemeal (or plain) flour
1tsp baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
40g flaked almonds
Baking tray lined with baking paper or well buttered.
Preheat oven to 180oC
1) In a large bowl, whisk together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, do this on a high speed with an electric mix. Then turn down the speed of the whisk and add the eggs one at a time. Once incorporated add the almond extract and juice of the 2 limes.
2) You will then need to pop all the pistachios into a food processor and grind until they are a similar texture as the ground almonds (you can buy ground pistachios in some shops…but I find it easier to buy them whole and do it myself rather than traipsing around) Once done, in a separate bowl combine the pistachios, almonds, flour, baking powder, salt and lime zest.
3) Add half the dry ingredients to the butter/sugar mixture and fold together, then add the second half and do the same. Make sure all the ingredients are incorporated but DO NOT OVER MIX.
4) Pour into the tray, smoothing down the top, sprinkle the flaked almonds over and pop in the oven on the middle shelf for about 30 mins. It is done when a skewer inserted comes out clean and it is slightly golden on top. Leave to cool in tray and then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely before cutting into your desired size.