Almond bread is a fantastic Christmas treat to make for your family and friends. It is easier than you think to make, has minimal ingredients and is so addictive that you could devour it all. This is a favourite of mine to hand out to teachers and neighbours at the end of the year in decorated glass jars with curling ribbon. I often get asked to make it again as it is surprisingly good.
I have an Italian background and my Nunna’s almond bread was a recipe that I grew up eating my entire childhood. It invokes a lot of positive memories for me. It is also a recipe that I now make for my family in the hope that maybe one day my kids will carry on the same tradition.
I hope you give it a try this Christmas. Make the loaves ahead of time and just keep them in the freezer until you a ready to slice and bake them.
Merry Christmas to you all,
Simple home cook
- 6 egg whites
- 1 cup caster sugar
- 2 cups plain flour (sifted)
- 500g whole almonds
1. Preheat oven to 180°C. Line a slice tin (18cm x 28cm) with baking paper.
2. In a large bowl, beat egg whites with electric mixer until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar, beating between each addition until the sugar is dissolved and egg whites are glossy.
3. Fold the sifted flour and almonds into the egg whites. Spread mixture into tin.
4. Bake in a preheated oven for 30 mins. Turn out onto a wire rack and leave to cool.
5. Slice the loaf length ways to make 2 longer loaves. Wrap each loaf in foil and place in the freezer for 1 hour before slicing. If you are short on time, you can skip this step.
6. Cut one loaf into VERY thin slices (2mm) using a serrated knife. It is important to cut them as thin as you can. Place the slices in a single layer onto lined oven trays and bake at 140°C for approx 25 mins or until dry and crisp. Keep an eye on them while they are cooking as you don’t want them to brown and burn. Ideally, the almond bread should be a very light golden colour.
7. Place on a wire rack to cool. Store in airtight container for weeks – if it lasts that long!
Post written by Amanda Arnold
My name is Amanda and I am passionate about simple, quick and affordable recipes that anyone can make. I have a facebook page called ‘Simple home cook’ where I share my recipes which will get you through your busy week that won’t break your budget. Please head over and check out my FB pages ‘Simple home cook’ and ‘ALDI home cook’.