Recipe: Blueberry almond slice – The Cookbook Challenge Week 29 ‘Blue’ theme

by April@MyFoodTrail on August 7, 2010

in Baking, Cookbook Challenge 2010, Recipes, Slices

Theme: Blue
Cookbook: The Essential Baking Cookbook

There were a number of ‘blue’ things I could have made for blue theme week, but all I could think of was blueberries! I had almond meal to use up and frozen blueberries in the freezer so this was the perfect recipe for me to make.

I bought this cookbook from one of those stands they have in the middle of the walkaway at the shopping centre for only $15. The inside of the book looks a bit old fashioned, but there a lot of delicious sounding recipes in there. I love going to book sales and picking up bargain books!

I made the slice to bring along to my sister in law’s house for dessert, but unfortunately only one slice survived! Hubby was carrying too many things in the dark, including this slice, and he tripped. As the slices were still warm, they were uncovered in a container and I was horrified to see the slices flying into the air and landing, splat, on our nature strip!! One lone piece stuck to the bottom of the container so at least my sister in law got to try a piece!

After watching Masterchef and seeing the master class where Matt Moran made a frangipane tart, I realised this blueberry almond slice must be a version of a frangipane tart. I had heard of it, but never knew what it was! I always associated frangipani to the yellow and white flower! Wikipedia tells me frangipane is a filling made from or flavoured like almonds.

Blueberry almond slice

TCC - Blueberry Almond Slice - Finished

Ingredients
1 sheet ready rolled puff pastry, thawed
150g unsalted butter, softened
¾ cup (185g) caster sugar
3 eggs, lightly beaten
2 tbsp grated lemon rind
2/3 cup (125g) ground almonds (almond meal)
2 tbsp plain flour
150g blueberries (or however much you want to add)

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 200C (180C fan forced). Lightly grease a 23cm (9 inch) square shallow tin and line with baking paper, leaving some overhang.

2. Place the puff pastry into the tin and prick the pastry all over with a fork (to stop it puffing up too much). Bake for 15 minutes or until golden and take out to cool.

TCC - Blueberry Almond Slice - Baking pastry
Puff pastry ready for the oven; Pastry after baking

3. Reduce the oven to 180C (160C fan forced).

4. Cream the butter and sugar together with electric beaters until light and fluffy.

5. Gradually add the egg in 3 batches, beating after every addition, then add in the lemon rind.

6. Fold in the almond meal and flour, then spread the mixture over the pastry.

7. Scatter the blueberries on the top and bake for an hour or until lightly golden. Cool in the tin, then lift out and cut into pieces.

TCC - Blueberry Almond Slice - Baking slice
Mixture ready for the oven; Mixture just baked

Results: I don’t think my butter was properly softened because no matter how much I beat the mixture, it still looked like scrambled eggs! It didn’t seem to make a difference to the final texture of the slice though. The slice was on the oily side from the butter in the mixture as well as in the puff pastry, but boy did it taste good! The golden top, the moist centre and crunchy bottom all worked in unison to form a heavenly slice. I had my first few pieces warm out of the oven but the next day, when cold, they weren’t as nice.

Would I make it again? Yes, but it must be served warm and I would reduce the amount of butter.

Over & Out, April xx

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Iron Chef Shellie August 7, 2010 at 11:21 pm

Nice work on getting all these cookbook challenge posts up!

hubby…. what were you thinking tripping with your slice in hand!!

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Chocolate August 8, 2010 at 12:50 am

looks delicious… i shall try this recipe..

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My Restaurants Melbourne August 8, 2010 at 4:36 pm

This looks great! Blueberries are one of my favourites. and theres not much flour in there too, so it would taste so soft!!

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Miss Melbourne August 8, 2010 at 5:31 pm

Looks delicious. What a shame that only one piece survived! I'll bet hubby felt terrible 🙁

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mademoiselle délicieuse August 8, 2010 at 10:33 pm

Our cooking lives are often dictated by what's available on hand or what we have to use up, rather than what we want to make. It looks wonderful though and I can't believe the horror that all but one were lost!

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Jutta August 8, 2010 at 10:49 pm

That butter problem has happened to me before too but also not a problem once baked. I usually cheat and softened my butter in the microwave.

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Agnes August 9, 2010 at 9:11 pm

Oh noes! How devastating to watch your slice fly on to the nature strip! But that'll teach you to let your hubby hold the dessert. 😉 I'm glad that one piece survived!

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Follow Our Bliss August 10, 2010 at 6:25 am

Your first part of your story made me laugh but atleast your sister was able to taste it. Thank you for sharing your baking experties it looks very yummy I will follow the instructions you provided.

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April @ My Food Trail August 12, 2010 at 10:35 am

Hi Iron Chef Shellie: I got on a roll and managed to get 3 of them out, but now have hit a roadblock again hehe!

Hi Chocolate: Hope you enjoy it! Remember to eat it warm!

Hi My Restaurant Melbourne: They were definitely soft and not too dense.

Hi Miss Melbourne: Yes, I made sure he did 😛

Hi Rita: I think it's nice to have a mixture of both… sometimes when you go and buy ingredients to make something specially, and other times when you make something to use up the remaining ingredients!

Hi Jutta: I soften my butter that way too, but this time I mustn't have done it enough.

Hi Agnes: It was kinda of dark to see what happened, but the reaction from hubby was enough to tell me what happened!

Hi Follow our Bliss: Thanks! 🙂

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