Almond Hearts

Almond Hearts

The real name of this pastry is “El mkhabez” which literally means “the cake that has the texture of the bread”, to be honest I don’t know why this naming!! but I am sure that the taste is far from the bread taste, this pastry is really tasty, you can make it with different ingredients, you can use almond, coconut, pistachio .. etc. but the principal ingredient remain the lemon that is present inside and in the glaze,

I keep the weights of the ingredients in grams to avoid rounding them and giving you wrong measures,  I suggest you to use a scale that indicates the weight in grams.


The supplies you will need:

  • Hearts Cookie Cutters

Ingredient:

for the dough

  • 250 g Almond four
  • 125 g sugar
  • 2 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 big egg ( or 1 and half medium)

for the glaze:

  • 1 egg white
  • 1 spoon lemon juice.
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 500 g icing sugar
  • Sparkle silver dust

Instructions:

Making the dough

  • In a large bowl, combine the almond flour, the  sugar and  the lemon zest .
  • Start adding the egg  little by little while mixing with your hand  until you get a thick paste (be careful when you add the egg , if you don’t mix the paste it will remain hard and you will continue to add the egg until it becomes too liquid )Almond Hearts
    Almond Hearts
  • Preheat the oven to 350 F (180 C)
  • Roll out the dough on a floured surface, Cut into heart shapes using the cookie cutter.
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    Almond Hearts
  • Bake 15 to 20 minutes.
    Almond Hearts

Making the Glaze:

  • Combine one egg white, the oil and the lemon juice.
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  • Add the icing sugar little by little until you get a thick shiny glaze ( incorporate the sugar gently, otherwise the glaze will contain bubbles).

Montage:

  • Dip the almond heart  in the glaze until you cover all the surface .
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  • keep the almond hearts one night before decoration,
  • spread a sparkle silver dust on the dried glaze and decorate as you like.Almond Hearts
    Almond Hearts

 

Other Shape:

 

Almond Oval Shape

 

14 comments on “Almond Hearts

  1. What a talented baker you are! I am quite literally ‘hearting’ your little almond hearts. Beautifully presented I have to say xx

  2. These are absolutely beautiful. They just scream “wedding treat” to me – they’d be so pretty in a variety of shapes and coordinating colors on a dessert bar.

  3. Your pastry turned out beautiful! I agree that the literal name of it is really strange. I don’t think I’d want to eat a pastry that tasted like bread. Yours look deilcious.

  4. Lovely little gems of sweetness. Visually very appealing and a great colour combination too. I am sure they taste as lovely as they look.

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