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Almond London Kuih Raya are actually very easy to make and require very minimal ingredients only. Hari Raya is not complete without having Almond London cookies. Not only to the Malays who celebrate Raya love it, but I also enjoy eating it too when my Malay friends share with me. When the strong yet milky flavour of butter filled your mouth, together with the crunchiness of almonds and nuts, and the bold flavor of dark chocolate, you just can’t get enough of it.
2013′s Raya is just around the corner. For the Malays, start gathering the ingredients and heating up your oven. For others who will be attending any open house this Raya, you can make some Almond London kuih Raya for your Malay friends too. Here’s how you make it:
(This recipe makes around 80 cookies)
- 125g of unsalted butter (using slightly salted butter neutralise the sweetness, personally I prefer using salted butter)
- 75g of fine sugar (or less, less sugar is good for body)
- 1 egg yolk
- 200g of plain flour
- 25g of rice flour
- 100g of corn flour
- 300 toasted whole almonds
- 100g chopped hazelnuts
- 400g of unsweetened dark chocolate
- Sift the plain flour, rice flour and corn flour, and set aside.
- Blend butter and fine sugar in a mixer at medium speed until the mixture turns pale and fluffy. Then add egg yolk.
- Slowly add the flour mixture into mixer. Remove your dough when it is soft and sticky. Set it aside for 15 minutes.
- Take a small piece of dough, flatten and cut in small rectangular size, and wrap around an almond.
- Place baking paper on a baking tray and arrange the wrapped almond on the paper.
- Preheat the oven, and then bake the wrapped almond in 175oC for 20 minutes. Allow the cookies to cool.
- Melt your dark chocolate in a double boiler and spoon the melted chocolate over each cookie. Then sprinkle the chopped nuts on top of the chocolate before the chocolate gets hard.
- Serve when the chocolate is hardened. Try eat it with vanilla ice-cream. (Slurp…)
(Recipe adapted from breadbutter.wordpress)