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Monday, July 18, 2011

Dutch Almond Bars

For this months edition of The Secret Recipe Club, hosted by the lovely Amanda of Amanda's Cookin, I was assigned Jeanie's blog The Tasty Cheapskate, "Hi Jeanie"!!!. Over the last month, I've had so much fun going through this lovely blog and I've found some very interesting recipes that I can see myself making very soon. One  recipe that caught my attention and kept coming to mind every now and then, almost menacingly, in a nice way though, were Oma van der Wouden's Dutch Almond Bars. I've never seen or had Dutch Almond Bars before, but I'm quite fond of almonds and these bars looked so amazing, I had to try them.

This recipe calls for almond paste and in this part of the world we don't get this stuff off the shelf in stores. I did a little digging online and most sources called for additional sugar, eggs, extracts and so on. I decided to do things a little differently. Since the recipe for these bars seemed to have sufficient sweetness, I simply added some homemade almond paste (details below). The batter came together beautifully and while these bars were baking, I was going nuts with the anticipation (read 'doing a crazy dance all around the kitchen and eagerly peeking through the oven door almost every minute'). The wait and the anticipation was so worth it. These bars are a real treat. They are perfect with a cup of tea or coffee. They are not too sweet but have this lovely nutty richness that the butter and the almonds have to offer. They are so wonderfully moreish. Be warned, you won't be able to stop at one. So thank you Jeanie for sharing this lovely treat. This recipe is a definite keeper.

Dutch Almond Bars
Adapted from: The Tasty Cheapskate

1/2 cup butter
4 oz almonds
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 egg
1 cup flour
1/4 cup whole almonds
1 tsp vanilla extract

Soak the 4 oz. almonds overnight in some water. The next morning, peel the skins off and discard. Grind the almonds to a paste in your food processor. That's it! Its really simple to make your own almond paste.

Preheat the oven to 150ºC.

Cream the butter and the almond paste.

Add the brown sugar and cream well.

Beat in the egg and vanilla extract.

Then mix in the flour.

Line a 8"x10" cake pan with some foil. 

Spread the batter in the prepared tin. Press the whole almonds into the batter.

Bake at 150ºC for about 40-45 minutes or till it has the slightest brownish pinkish glow.

Cut into bars. 


Note: This is half of the recipe mentioned on Jeanie's blog and I managed to get 25 pieces. The original quantities are baked in a 9"x13" tin and yield about 24-36 pieces. So do adjust the size of the bars to suit your liking.

Do stop a while and check out what the others have whipped up this month. If you'd like to be a part of The Secret Recipe Club, get in touch with Amanda here and join in on the fun.


  1. These almond bars look so scrumptious! Glad to have found your blog through the SRC this month.

  2. Looks super...sure that it tastes great..

  3. Wowww... Looks super delicious.. Yummy !!

  4. amanda @ fake gingerJuly 18, 2011 at 11:51 AM

    Those are so cute! I bet they were delicious!

  5. I totally love anything with almond in it (as my post for the SRC club would show today too!) :) I'm sure these were very yummy!

  6. Thank you all for stopping by and for your kind comments!

  7. Hi Trisha,
    We can't find almond paste in these parts either unless it's Christmas time, so it's great that you've done all this leg work for me. Now I can make these any time of year. Or maybe that's not great:). So glad you got my blog.

  8. I adore these bars and now I really want one!

    If you haven't already, I'd love for you to check out my SRC recipe this month: Holy Guacamole.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  9. Thanks Jeanie!

  10. Thanks Lisa!

  11. These almond bars sound fabulous. I would be doing the kitchen dance waiting for them too! Great job with SRC this month!

  12. Thanks BFB, its nice to know that I'm not the only soul that waits so eagerly for goodies to come out of the oven!

  13. Kelly @ Eat Yourself SkinnyJuly 20, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    These are so cute and look delicious!! Love your blog and so glad to be your newest follower! xoxo

  14. Thanks Kelly! Glad to have you here!

  15. Wow !What an amazing blog.
    Its one of the best blog.
    Nice blog on almond paste.
    Keep going...

  16. Thanks Merry Johnson!

  17. awesome...very perfect version..
    happy following u...:)
    do stop by mine sometime..
    Tasty Appetite

  18. Thanks Jay!

  19. Mehjabeen ArifJuly 24, 2011 at 1:05 AM

    Wow.. Love the Almond Bars.. Actually I like the leaf plate too.. :))

    New to ur space and absolutely love it here..following u.. Do visit me as time permits..

    Jabeen's Corner

  20. Thanks Mehjabeen!

  21. Looks delicious! Glad to be part of SRC with you!

    Amy @ A Little Nosh

  22. Thanks Amy! Same here, its been fun!

  23. These almond bars look wonderful! So fun to be in the Secret Recipe Club with you.

  24. Thank you Marla, I couldn't agree more!

  25. Anne @ Quick and Easy Cheap and HealthyAugust 4, 2011 at 6:21 AM

    Wow, good for you, making your own almond paste! Awesome.

  26. Thank you Anne!


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