Maltese Almond Cakes (kwaresimal For Lent)

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Ingredients & Directions

1 1/8 c Almonds, slivered;blanched
-10 oz
3 1/2 c Flour; sifted
1 1/2 c Sugar; up to 1 13/4 cups
1 ts Cinnamon
2 ts Orange extract
2 ea Lemon; grated rind of
2 ea Oranges; grated rind of -OR-
2 ea -Tangerines
1 1/2 c -Water; approximately

Almonds; toasted ,slivered

Toast the almonds on baking sheet for about 5 minutes at 400F. Reset
the oven for 350F. Grind one-third of the almonds. Mix the ground
almonds with the flour, sugar, and cinnamon. Add the orange extract
and the rinds. Mix well. Blend in the slivered almonds. Gradually,
add enough water to make a stiff dough (the dough will be sticky).
Form the dough into cake about 7 inches long, 2 inches wide and 1
inch thick. Bake for 35 minutes. Optional: While they are still hot,
brush the Kwaresimal with honey, and sprinkle with slivered toasted
almonds. Let the cakes cool for about 20 minutes, then with a
serrated knife cut them into slices about 3/8 inch thick. Variations:
Here are a few of the classic variations: Hazelnuts can be
substituted for the almonds. You can if you prefer all of the nuts,
or fewer of them. You can also insert some whole blanched almonds.
Remember the more nuts you grind to a powder, the more liquid you
will need to make the dough; and the fewer nuts you grind, the less
liquid. In Malta these cakes would often be made with orange-flower
water, which is hard to obtain here. Orange extract or liqueur (or
other liqueur or rum) can be used as a part of the liquid.

60 Slices

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