and when it’s a rainy day, you can……

copyright : andrew trotter

bake ! so when you are done with being lazy and listening to the rain, and you’ve been for a walk around the town and popped in to openhouse, go home and bake yourself an almond and raspberry tart. it’s really easy, quick, and perfect for a lazy afternoon with a nice cup of tea and a good film. and this is how you do it. recipe here

almond tart

first pre-heat your oven to 200c or gas 6

then lightly butter a normal sized cake tin, and i usually line with baking paper

place in a bowl 175gm icing sugar, 50gm plain flour, 100gm ground almonds, and the zest of a lemon and mix together

in another bowl beat 5 egg whites just until frothy, about a minute will do

in a pan melt 175gm of butter, and add a teaspoon of vanilla extract

then mix all together to a smooth paste, and pour into the baking tin

on top place raspberries, but also you can use strawberries or tinned pears and nice too… and then scatter with some almond flakes or pine nuts

place in the oven for 15 minutes, then turn down the heat to 180c or gas 4, and cook for another 10 minutes, all ovens vary, so watch it doesn’t burn

then take out and let it cool a little, but i like it still a little warm

but what to do with those left over egg yokes?

so beat the 5 egg yokes with a fork until the start to lighten in colour

add a couple of table spoons of icing sugar

and then mix in a tup of mascapone cheese,

and you have an amazing sauce for the tart, or anything else you want to use it with

these rainy days are for enjoying

andrew trotter : openhouse

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