AUSTRIAN BISCUITS WITH JAM AND ALMONDS

My parents were European and when they came out to Australia many years ago, my Mum brought all her recipes with her.

The majority she actually knew and didn't have to refer to a cook book to make, however on thinking back, I think she just used to make them up as she went, depending on what was in the fridge at the time.

This  recipe is for the "sweet tooth" or it is very impressive if you are having visitors - is a well known specialty of Austria, and is a biscuit or slice, called LINZER SCHNITTEN.

They are more like a slice which gets cut up into whatever size pieces you want, and they are guaranteed not to last long!

Add some thickened or whipped cream if you want them to be even moorish, and if calories do not bother you!


Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 40 minutes
Makes: About 25 pieces

Ingredients
150g unsalted butter (also works with ordinary butter)
150g flour
140g almonds
130g sugar
¾ cup strawberry jam
1 egg
Dash of cinnamon

Method
Mix the butter, egg and sugar in mix-master or similar, till soft.  I have used a bit of coconut sugar as well as castor sugar, hence the dark colour.

Add cinnamon and plain flour and form a soft dough.

Mix in the almonds and spread about 3/4 of the dough over a small cooking tray.
I always line with baking paper, and you will need some flour on your hands to stop mixture sticking.

Spread with the jam (I used home made jam).

Garnish with the rest of the dough as evenly as possible. Brush with an egg yolk or some milk.

Bake at about 170°/150° fan forced for 40 minutes.

When a bit cool, cut into slices, and then store in an airtight container in the fridge.

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