Why Coffee Almond biscuits?
These coffee bean studded biscuits, not only look delicious but are effortless to make.
To me they seem like a rustic French macaron – the ingredients are more or less the same eggs whites, sugar and ground almonds, however the method is much simpler. Instead of whisking egg whites, to then beat the air out of them (this is what gives macaroons their unique texture, appearance and shape), you simple mix all ingredients together in a single bowl.
The result is a coffee flavoured nutty biscuit that is crunchy on the outside but moist and chewy inside.
They are perfect with that deserving hot coffee and even better while they bake your house will fill with a beautiful sweet coffee and nut aroma.
3 cups almond meal
1 cup caster sugar
2 tablespoons coffee liquor
3 egg whites
1 1/2 tablespoons espresso or strong good quality coffee
1/2 cup coffee beans
Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan forced).
In a bowl mix together the almond meal, sugar, coffee liquor, egg whites and espresso. Mix to form a sticky paste.
On a lined baking sheet spoon a heaped teaspoon 3 cm apart. Top with a coffee bean and press lightly to flatten.
Bake for 15 minutes or until the biscuits comes off the baking paper easily and has a smooth golden brown base.