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Almond Squares

Almond Tart is a staple at my grandparents for every party/celebration. The recipe that my aunts use is more of a cake than a tart. But I wanted to try something knew and as it turns out a tart base is just as good. 
This tart contains extraordinary amounts of butter and a crunchy top. It's great on it's own or even better when accompanied by some vanilla ice cream. The recipe is from Cozinha Tradicional Portuguesa.


Almond Squares

Ingredients (6 squares)
For the dough:
  • 200g flour (or 1+2/3 cups)
  • 100g butter (or a little less than 1/2 cup)
  • 200g sugar (or 1 cup)
  • 2 eggs
For the filling:
  • 100g sugar (or 1/2 cup)
  • 100g butter (or a little less than 1/2 cup)
  • 125g pealed and slivered almonds (or 4.4oz)
  • 0,5dl milk (or a little less than 1/4 cup)
Instructions (Time: 1 hour)
For the dough:
Sift the flour to your counter top. Add the sugar and make a well in the middle. Add the eggs and the butter cut into small pieces. Work the dough for a bit until all the ingredients are mixed.


Place the dough in a tart tin and bake in the oven at 200ºC (390ºF) until it turns golden (~15 minutes).


Let it cool down a bit while you make the filling.

For the filling:
Mix the almonds with the sugar, the butter and the milk in a pan. Bring to a boil and keep stirring until it thickens. Spread on top of the base and place in the oven at 220ºC (430ºF) until it turns golden.  


Let it cool down before removing from the tin. Serve as a tart or cut it into squares and serve with some vanilla ice cream. 



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Valentine's Day Cinnamon Cookies

Valentine's Day is almost here and I just had to make something in the shape of an heart. Last year was breakfast, but this year I made cinnamon cookies. 
Last Christmas I got a classic Portuguese cookbook called "Cozinha Tradicional Portuguesa" by Maria de Lourdes Modesto. It has amazing detailed recipes from all over the country and it even has some pictures (as opposed to Pantagruel). This is the third recipe that I've tried from this book and it turned out even better than I was expecting. These cookies are called Raivas and are from a Portuguese city called Aveiro. They usually take an abstract form, but you can shape them in any form you feel like, hearts included.


Valentine's Day Cinnamon Cookies

Ingredients (24 cookies)
  • 3 eggs
  • 100g sugar (or 1/2 cup)
  • 250g flour (or 2 cups and 1 tablespoon)
  • 75g butter (or 2/3 stick)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
Instructions (Time: 50 minutes)
Start by mixing the sugar with the butter. Add the eggs one by one. 


Once you've added all the eggs, mix in the flour and cinnamon previously sifted. 


Shape the cookies and don't be afraid to use flour so that the dough doesn't stick to your hands. If you want to make heart shaped cookies, start by making a long string with the dough and curl each end of the string.


And there you go. Try to make the cookies all the same size otherwise the thinner ones will get brown too quickly. Bake in a preheated oven to 200ºC (390ºF) (if you can't turn off your oven fan, reduce the temperature to 180ºC (350ºF)) until golden.


Goes great with coffee!



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