If I want to make my husband really happy, I`ll make this. Even that it is his job to grind the almonds.
This is one of our treats for the holydays , but I baked them during the year for birthays, weddings and other occasions.
It has become very common to grind almonds in a foodprossessor, but I would really like to explain the differents between that and a manuell almond grinder. Using a foodprosessor with blades, the almonds will be cut into small pieces and the finished product will feel like grains of sand. With an manuell almond grinder you will get grated almonds, like flour. The flour type alonds will blend in to the batter and be more moist and the finished result will be deliciouse cakes.
17 to 20 whoopie pies (34 to 40 single-cakes).
- 6 egg whites, room temperature
- 10.7 oz (300 gr) sugar
- 16 oz (450 gr) ground almonds
- 6 egg yolks
- 1 cup (2.5 dl) heavy whipping cream
- 5.3 oz (150 gr) sugar
- 3 tsp corn starch
- 2 -4 tsp vanilla extract
- 7 oz (200 gr) butter
- 14 oz (400 gr) melted chocolate to cover
I start by making the filling, as it should cool completely before filling between two of the cookies.
Separate the eggs. I think the best way to do that, is to crack the egg and pour the contents in my hand. Then I let the eggwhite slip through my fingers into a clean bowl. Put the eggyolks in a saucepan. It is wise to emty the bowl of eggwhites into a mixing bowl between each egg, Because you should be so unfortunate that a egg yolk breaks, you only have that one egg that can`t be used further in this cake. If a egg yolk break, clean the bowl before cracking a new egg in it.
Pour the egg yolks, corn starch, sugar and heavy whipping cream in a saucepan and put over medium heat. Stir constantly so it doesn`t burn at the bottom. If this mixture is on the heat without stirring, the cream will contain lumps of boiled egg yolk.
Let the cream come to a boil and simmer for 3 – 4 minutes.
Take the saucepan off the heat and stir in the vanilla and butter. Continue stiring as the butter melts completly.
Strain the filling while still hot.
Put the bowl in the fridge to cool completly. Every once in awhile, whip the filling using a hand hold whip.
OK, rady to bake some cookies ?
First, whip the egg white into white foam, then graduatly pour in the sugar while the mixer is running at full speed.
Beat until the meringue is fluffy and stiff peakes.
Sometimes it happen that egg white will not be whipped stiff.
It is allways because of grease / fat in the eggwhites, mixer bowl or whip attachment. The grease can be small amounts of egg yolk, un clean bowl or remains of dish washer soap.
Then it is unfortunately the only option to start all over again, with new eggs and clean equipment.
Pour in the ground almonds and fold into the merungue. It is not necessary to be careful, work until well combined.
The batter can be placed on parchment paper using a spoon or you can pipe like in the picture.
You can also use a zip lock bag, by cutting of one corner.
There is not all of you who have such piping equipment.
Many stores that sell kitchen equipment also carry some basic tips in plastic, at a reasonable price.
Bake in middle of oven at 350 F (180 C ) degrees for about 12 minutes until they are golden at the edges and has a light crust at the bottom.
Pull the paper with biscuits still on, on to the bench and let them cool. Eventually they will be firmer and they can be transfered on to a wire rack.
When the cream is completly cooled, it will have the consistency as butter at room temperature
Place half of the cookies upside down and decorate with the filling. Apply the filling using a spoon or piping bag. You can also use a zip lock bag, by cutting of one corner.
Place the other cookie on top and gently push it down a litle.
Before the cakes is dipped in melted chocolate, I like to freeze them.
I dipped them frozen in melted chocolate and put them back in the freezer as soon as the chocolate has set.
Stores in the freezer for 6 mounths
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