Almond Chocolate Slice

January 21, 2012 § 1 Comment

I suppose this is almost a florentine slice. But I never eat florentine biscuits, despite their ubiquity in cafés. All stale cornflakes and glacé cherries and raw peanuts. Gross. This slice, on the other hand, is delicious and can be broken up over ice cream, or sliced and given as gifts or just eaten because it’s good.

It started with a bag of raw almonds as a healthy study snack from Queen Vic Market (where they cost around $15 per kilo).

200 g raw almonds
a handful of sesame seeds (optional)
50 g butter (salted or unsalted)
2 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon sugar (either caster, raw, or white)
pinch of salt
50 – 150 g dark chocolate, roughly chopped. How much chocolate you want is up to you.

Smash the almonds roughly, I did it with a good stone pestle, in the bag, on a wooden board. The bag stops them flying around so much, and using the board makes a dull thud rather than a sharp crack to disturb housemates less.

Put the almonds in a pan over medium heat and stir them around and hover over them until they start to brown. You must hover, nuts and seeds are notoriously treacherous and I never toast them in the oven because as soon as they start going brown it’s all over. So keep watch.

Once toasted I throw in a handful of sesame seeds and let them toast briefly. Add to the pan 2 tablespoons of honey, 1 tablespoon of sugar, and a knob of butter, about 50 grams. Turn the heat to high and watch as everything goes all SHINY.

Cook a further 5 minutes or so on medium-high.

Lay a sheet of baking paper on a large chopping board, then turn the heat off and immediately slide the mix onto the sheet with a spatula or spoon, attempting to make a flattish slice, and ensuring the nuts are mostly all touching (so they stick together as it cools). It’s not science and you could do this all fancy in a tin but who needs that?

Once it’s in a reasonably flat slice shape dot the mix (whilst still warm) with the little bits of broken-up dark chocolate. As much or as little as you want, they’ll melt while you put them on and it looks lovely.

Wait for this to cool on your bench then chop it up into treat-sized pieces with a large knife.

Wrap the slice in wax paper for presents. EVERYONE LIKES PRESENTS.

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