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    Marie's Almond Slices

    • Preparation time: 20 minutes plus chilling
    • Cooking time: 20 minutes plus cooling
    • Total time: 1 hour 20 minutes 60 minutes 20 minutes

    Makes: 20

    Ingredients

    • Pastry
    • 225g self-raising flour
    • 100g cold butter, cubed, plus extra for greasing
    • 1 egg yolk
    • Topping
    • 2 eggs
    • 2 tbsp apricot jam
    • 100g caster sugar
    • 100g icing sugar
    • 175g ground almonds
    • 50g flaked almonds

    Method

    1. Make the pastry. Sift the flour into a bowl. Add the butter and rub in with your fingertips until the mix resembles breadcrumbs. Add the egg yolk and enough cold water to make a firm dough. Chill for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 180°C/gas 4 and butter a 30 x 23cm swiss roll tin.
    2. Roll out the pastry to a thickness of a £1 coin, or to fit the tin. Press into the tin, trimming off excess.
    3. Thin the apricot jam slightly by mixing with a little water, then spread thinly over the pastry. Beat the sugars, almonds and eggs to a smooth paste and spread over the jam. Smooth the top and sprinkle with the flaked almonds.
    4. Bake for 25 minutes, or until pale brown. Slice in the tin, then leave to cool before serving.

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