Treat your mum to some tasty nut bread

Central and North Burnett Times - - LIFE -

THESE feather-light morsels are del­i­cately crisp and not too sweet, mak­ing them the per­fect Mother’s Day gift.

Ma­cadamia bread

Makes about 36 slices

IN­GRE­DI­ENTS: ◗ 6 egg whites ◗ pinch of salt ◗ 1 cup caster sugar ◗ 1 tsp vanilla essence ◗ 1 cup plain flour ◗ ¾ cup self-rais­ing flour ◗ 1 cup raw macadamias.

METHOD: Pre­heat the oven to 180 de­grees. Grease and line the base of a 22cm x 12cm loaf tin.

Place the egg whites and pinch of salt in a large clean bowl and beat with an elec­tric beater un­til soft peaks form.

Grad­u­ally add sugar, ¼ cup at a time, beat­ing well be­tween each ad­di­tion, un­til the mix­ture is thick and glossy. Add the vanilla essence and beat un­til com­bined.

Com­bine the plain and self-rais­ing flour. Sift half over the mix­ture and gen­tly stir to com­bine. Re­peat with re­main­ing com­bined flour.

Stir in the macadamias. Spoon mix­ture into the pre­pared tin and bake for 35-40 min­utes, un­til the cake is a caramel colour, feels firm to touch and is slightly cracked in the cen­tre. Don’t let it be­come too dark, but don’t re­move it too early as it may not have set in the cen­tre.

Re­move from the oven and al­low to cool in the tin for 15 min­utes be­fore turn­ing out to cool com­pletely for at least three hours. Do not re­frig­er­ate or the cake will go soggy.

When the cake is com­pletely cool, pre­heat oven to 180°C . Use a sharp knife to care­fully cut the loaf into thin slices no thicker than 2mm. The thin­ner, the bet­ter.

Place the first batch of slices on an oven tray in a sin­gle layer and bake, watch­ing care­fully for 10-12 min­utes, mov­ing the slices on the edge to the cen­tre if nec­es­sary, to pre­vent them from brown­ing too quickly.

When the slices are golden, re­move from the oven and cool com­pletely on wire racks be­fore stor­ing in air­tight con­tain­ers. Re­peat cook­ing batches with the re­main­ing slices.

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