I made a batch of these the day after we went mandarin picking. It got Stu and Alexander's big tick of approval, and hey I thought it was pretty good too. I gave some to my neighbour, who took one bite and declared that I was, "a really good cook" but the honest truth is, I usually just throw a few things in a bowl, mix them up, shove them in the oven and hope for the best. As it turned out, this was one of the good ones; the zesty fresh taste of mandarin combined with that wholesoom nutty flavours of almond meal and the crunch of roughly chopped macadamia nuts....Oh yum.
3-4 small mandarins
15g macadamia nuts, roughly chopped
125g butter, melted
1 cup caster sugar
1/2 cup almond meal
3/4 cup self raising flour
1. Place mandarins in a pot a cover with cold water. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 2 hours.
2. Drain mandarins and allow to cool. Roughly chop, removing and
discarding any seeds. Place mandarin and puree in food processor until
3. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius. Grease friand tray.
4. Whisk eggs and sugar until thick and pale. Add mandarin puree, butter, chopped macadamias, ground
almonds and flour and stir with wooden spoon until combined.
Pour into friand tray.
5. Bake for 15 minutes or until skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.
6. Allow to completely cool before dusting with icing sugar.