This one site, health-bent is pretty cool ... not quite sure how I stumbled across it but remember seeing the Cross Fit Competitions on tv and then a few days later, came across the site, and lo and behold, she was part of the competition. Cool. I admire anyone who can do the things they do, climb ropes, primarily ... I was the kid in school who everyone groaned if they got behind me in line as they knew it would be a LONG wait ... to this day, I still don't have that kind of upper body strength, although I still try to improve it!
Anyways. They eat Paleo style. And it doesn't "look like dogfood". Giggle. That's funny.
And then, I saw these biscuits. Oh. My. Word. That is SO up my alley! Well, at least they looked like they were right up my alley.
Until I priced almond flour. All I wanted was one measly cup of almond flour. And it was going to cost me like $10. Yikes. In case you forgot, the name of the blog is FRUGAL in Florida. $10 for one pound of flour is NOT frugal. But a little research, and checking the post over and over and drooling, I finally thought "heck, I've got almonds coming out my ears in this house!" ... and then I found that I could MAKE MY OWN ALMOND FLOUR!
This is from the 2nd time around (see UPDATE)
Sweet momma ... we ARE baking today!!
1 cup almond flour
1/2 cup butter, cut in small cubes
4 egg whites
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
In a medium size bowl, mix the flour and butter and mix with fork until you have little pea size crumbles of butter and flour. Add egg, salt and baking powder, mix to combine. Divide in to 4 portions, try to keep them mounded as they will want to spread (thin mixture) and place on a baking sheet that is either well oiled or use a silpat mat.
A little 'soupy'
Bake at 350 til golden brown, about 20 minutes or so.
The results? Impressive. Ummm, I don't think I will be buying bagels any more for my breakfast sandwiches. They were a little 'nutty' and a tad bit 'grainy' ... if only I had a Vitamix! But still good. I'm actually thinking of making some mini hot ham and swiss sandwiches with these bad boys. Or just layer it up with some guac and call it a day! They were that flavorful!
UPDATED: So, I got a little curious ... and broke down and bought a one pound bag of almond flour. The difference in the 'real deal' and mine was like night and day. Fine, not dark (mine had the skins still on which made it look speckled) and just BETTER. Yeah, seriously BETTER. If only I had a Vitamix! Anyways ... tweaked the recipe a little bit:
1 cup of almond flour
1 tsp baking powder, slightly heaping
1/2 tsp salt
3 egg whites (extra large)
1/3 cup of butter, COLD and cut in cubes
Mix first 3 ingredients and give a good stir. Add in the butter cubes and mix up til little pebbles/peas start to form.
Give egg whites a little whipping and stir in to the flour mix. Mix well. Using just 3 extra large eggs made the batter a little thicker.
Make 4 piles on the baking mat. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Oh and Ah and think, wow, the REAL DEAL does make a difference!
Dough/batter was much more managable than first time
See how they wanted to spread real fast first time?
Yes, now I feel the need to find a good deal on almond flour OR buy a Vitamix NOT. They really did taste like biscuits and were nice and flakey moist. Next time I think I'll bake them a few more minutes as they are NOT hold in your hand material if you cut in half and layer with anything (fried egg and bacon for breakfast and italian beef for dinner). SO much better the 2nd time around!
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