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Crunchy Almond Cookies!

I tasted these Swedish almond cookies on New Year’s Eve. My friend Simon held a Swedish themed potluck party, every dish was Sweden inspired and these cookies gathered ALL my attention at the table. I immediately urged my friend Melanie (the author of these tasty treats) to give me the recipe!

This easy recipe only has 4 ingredients, and the lack of flour and butter gives them that Amaretti/biscotti edge! They remind me of those crunchy Italian walnut cookies that are usually served with coffee.

Ingredients

-2 cups of almonds, chopped (I actually used 1 c. of presliced ones, and 1 c. of grinded almonds)

-3/4 cup packed brown sugar

-2 tablespoons of flour, sifted

-2 egg whites

-1 t s. almond or vanilla extract (optional)

Preparation

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F.

Whip/beat egg whites until stiff and fluffy. Fold in brown sugar, flour and almonds and almond extract. The mixture will look like wet almonds, I was a bit worried, but then when it cooks it has a meringue/crunchy effect.

Place little blobs of the cookie dough on your cookie sheet for about 25 minutes!

I made these cookies yesterday, and there are only 4 left. I also gave some to a friend as a birthday gift!

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Ooey Gooey Poor Man’s Pudding!

As a French Canadian, one of our most enjoyed desserts in Quebec is pouding chômeur. The litteral translation for this dish would be poor man’s pudding but it is also known as pudding cake. Whatever you want to call it, this dessert is easy, tasty and gooey (notice many of my recipes have this criteria). The cake is moist and spungy, and the sauce is pure caramel bliss. This is why poor man’s pudding is one of my favorite desserts!

Developed by the working women in 1929, this cheap dessert was created in a time of economic crisis (hence it’s name). The recipe has evolved over the years, for example, many like to use maple syrup instead of brown sugar, but I say, if it’s called poor man’s pudding, than let it be! So I stick to the brown sugar which gives this dessert a creamy saucy texture.

Ingredients (8 portions)

1 1/2 cup of brown sugar

2 cups of heavy cream

1/2 cup of butter (room temperature)

1 cup of white sugar

2 eggs

2 cups of all purpose flour

2 teaspoons of baking powder

a pinch of salt

1/2 cup of milk

Preparation

Heat the oven at 400 °F.

In a medium saucepan, melt 1 tablespoon of butter, then add the brown sugar. Once the sugar starts melting, gradually add the cream. Bring to  a boil, reduce the heat to medium and cook for about 4 minutes. Remove and reserve.

In a large bowl, mix the eggs, the butter and the white sugar for about 2 minutes. Add the flour, the baking soda and the salt. Mix and slowly ad the milk.

Pour the mix in a greased loaf dish . Pour the sirup over the mix (I know this seems odd but the sirup will go through the mix and sink to the bottom!) Cook in the oven for 30 minutes.

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