Happy Halloween Everyone! Hope you all have a ghoulish night!!!
While in Europe this past September, we spent four extremely hot days in Sevilla. It’s no wonder they call Spain the “Frying pan of Europe”! It wasn’t as hot as it had been (near 50° C or 122° F) but it was hot enough for us! The sun was relentless and most locals only walk in the shade (you can tell who lives there because they hug the shadows directly beside the old buildings!). The city has covered some of its sunnier streets with canopy sails to shade the citizens and tourists, it’s that bad!During one of our last walks though the beautiful historic part of town, we stumbled into the area where the locals actually live. There were no tourist shops, a few restaurants, just butchers, bakers, children’s clothing stores, kitchen stores (yes, I did buy something), grocery stores and specialty shops. One such shop was a beautifully designed little cookie shop where they sold only one type of cookie in three flavours: La Tejas Dulces de Sevilla, in almond, pistachio and coconut. A young lady was handing out samples in front of the beautiful store and we couldn’t resist. In one taste, we were immediately hooked on the simple almond flavour and lovely crunchy texture and we had to buy some. Upon returning to Toronto, I hid the small package so that I could work on a recipe and perfect it for the blog. I told JT it was for the greater good, he wasn’t impressed.
The cookies are light, airy, crunchy and full of flavour; imagine a genoise batter spread paper-thin, topped with almonds and baked until golden. They are so GOOD! The recipe is relatively simple but follow the instructions to get the signature airy, crunchy texture. I think this could easily convert to a gluten free variety, stay tuned!
I must warn you, though, because these are not like the French Tuiles, these have a bit more body than a traditional French tuiles. They are really more cracker-like than a tuile or a cookie.
Scroll down to the end of this post to see pictures from this part of our trip.
Almond Tuiles of Sevilla (Tejas Dulces de Sevilla)
A KitchenInspirations Original Recipe
Makes 25 cm x 30 cm (10″ x 12″) sheet, cut to make cookies or various sizes
- 30 g (2 tbsp) unsalted butter
- 75 g (3/4 cup) almonds, thinly sliced and toasted
- 1 large egg, at room temperature
- 80 g (~1/3 cup) sugar
- 1/2 tsp almond flavour
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla
- 50 g cake and pastry flour
- pinch of salt
- Toast the almonds until golden. Set aside to cool.
- Melt* the butter and set aside to cool.
- Beat the egg with the sugar until it reaches the ribbon stage, about 5 minutes. Beat in the flavourings and cooled butter.
- Sift the flour with the salt and fold into the egg mixture, cover and allow to rest at room temperature for 30 minutes.
- Pre-heat the oven to 265° F (130° C).
- Pour the entire batter onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet and spread out until it is quite thin (about 3-4 mm (about 1/8-3/16 inch) works out to about 30 cm x 30 cm (12″ x 12″). Evenly sprinkle the toasted almonds onto the batter and gently push into the batter**.
- Bake for 45 minutes to an hour or until evenly golden, turn the pan once about halfway.
- While still warm, move parchment onto a cutting board and cut into uneven shapes with a pizza cutter. Transfer parchment to a cooling rack and allow to cool. Cookies will firm up as they cool.
- Once cooled, store in an airtight container for about a week, but they won’t last that long!
- *for additional flavour, brown the butter in a frying pan until hazelnut in colour.
** to insure that all of the almonds are ‘stuck’ to the batter, I did a little toss of the pan quickly and that way I was able to move ‘unstuck’ almonds to a better place.
- Add a teaspoon of lemon zest because lemon and almond go so wonderfully together!
- Drizzle melted chocolate over the cookies once they are cool, refrigerate until set then store in an airtight container for about a week, but be warned, these won’t even last as long as the originals!