Friday, June 17, 2016

Almond Thins - Chinese New Year

1½ cups almond flakes
3 egg whites
2 tbsps canola oil
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup all-purpose flour

  1. Bring the egg whites, oil, sugar and flour into a mixing bowl. Mix them up using a whisk. The batter will appear a little lumpy in the beginning. Keep the mixing going, it will smooth out in the end.
  2. Add in the almond flakes. Gently stir to mix them well with the batter.
  3. Line a baking sheet with a piece of heavy duty aluminium foil (its durability makes it easier to remove the almond thins post-baking). 
  4. Using the back of a spoon, spread the batter out as thinly as possible. Try to have an even distribution of the almond flakes in the process.
  5. Fold in the sides of the aluminium foil (if the foil's large enough to begin with). Or cover the sides with extra strips of aluminium foil. I tend to get a little too protective over the sides and thus the HUGE strips (5a) covering them lol. Just be sure to not let the aluminium foils come into contact with the batter or they will end up sticking to it making their removal difficult later.
  6. Bake in a preheated oven at 350°F for 16 minutes. At the end of it, the sides will appear to be a lot browner than the center (despite all the cover-up work!). Well the good news is that they are good to go!
  7. Carefully peel the large almond thin off the baking aluminium foil and transfer it onto a cooling rack (or another baking sheet). Let it cool for about a minute.
  8. It should have hardened considerably by now. Break the sides off. They should be all so crispy and brittle it feels almost effortless. With the sides, let them cool completely before storing them away. The remaining center piece? Place it back onto the baking sheet with the aluminium foil and bring it back into the oven uncovered this time. Close the oven, turn off the heat and let the remaining heat in the oven do its wonders.
  9. Check on the center piece 5 minutes later. Remove from the oven if they looked done, leave it for another 5 minutes otherwise. I work with a real old oven. Took me another 15 minutes before they get to the right hue.
  10. When done, let them cool slightly before breaking them down into smaller pieces. Now you can move on and reheat the oven to 350°F to work on the second batch in similar manners!
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