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Fruit and Nut Shortbread


Makes 40

Ingredients
250gm butter softened
3/4 cup caster sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/4 cups plain flour
1/3 cup Alison’s Pantry Blueberries, chopped
1/3 cup Alison’s Pantry Whole Cranberries, chopped
1/3 cup Alison’s Pantry Shelled Pistachios, chopped
1/3 cup Alison’s Pantry Natural Cashews, chopped

Extra: 1 cup Alison’s Pantry Vitality (if making Christmas Tree)

 

  1. In the bowl, beat butter, sugar and vanilla with an electric mixer until creamy. Add flour and mix to just combine. Stir in dried fruits and nuts.
  2. Divide dough into two parts. On a lightly floured surface, roll each piece of dough into a log measuring 20cm long x 4cm round. Wrap each log in plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour or until firm.
  3. Preheat oven to 170°C. Line 3 baking trays with baking paper. Cut logs into 1cm thick slices and place on baking trays. Bake for 15–20 minutes or until lightly browned around the edges. Remove to cool on wire racks.

 To Create a Christmas Cookie Tree

  1. Roll out prepared shortbread dough to 1cm thick. Cut out 9 circles graduating in size from 2.5cm to 12cm in diameter.
  2. Bake until firm and lightly browned around the edges. Watch carefully, as smaller circles will take less time to bake and larger circles will take longer, so adjust cooking time to suit.Remove to cool on wire racks.
  3. Once cold, layer up graduating circles starting with biggest cookie circle as a base. Scatter some Alison’s Pantry Vitality blend between cookies to separate layers and give height. Decorate tree, as desired (We used fondant icing snowflake cut-outs).

Download the PDF version here: Alison’s Pantry Fruit and Nut Shortbread

This recipe was created by Julie Le Clerc for Alison’s Pantry.

 

 


 

 

Fig and Walnut Logs

Logs
(Makes 4 x 125g logs)

Ingredients
1/2 cup (85g) Alison’s Pantry unsalted roast almonds
1 1/2 cups (250g) Alison’s Pantry dried figs, roughly chopped with hard stalks removed
1 Tbsp brandy
1 Tbsp Mother Earth Liquid Honey
1/2 cup (85g) Alison’s Pantry diced apricots
1/2 cup (50g) Alison’s Pantry walnut pieces, roughly chopped
1/2 tsp mixed spice

Method

  1. Place almonds in a food processor and process until finely chopped. Remove to a bowl.
  2. Blitz the figs with the brandy and honey until they form a sticky paste. Add the fig paste to the bowl with the almonds. Stir in the remaining ingredients.
  3. Mix well to combine, then shape into 4 small log shapes. Set on a plate, uncovered, in the fridge or in a cool, dry place for a week to dry.
  4. Wrap and tie in baking paper if giving as a gift. If stored in a cool, dry place, these logs will keep well for up to 2 months. Store in the fridge during summertime. To serve, slice and serve alongside your favourite cheeses.

 

Recipe from Julie Le Clerc for the Alison’s Pantry Christmas booklet 2014
Download the PDF version here: Fig and Walnut Logs

 


 

 

Nut Truffles

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(Makes 25)

Ingredients
2/3 cup Alison’s Pantry Walnuts
2/3 cup Alison’s Pantry Natural Almonds
2/3 cup Alison’s Pantry Hazelnuts
1½ cups dark chocolate drops
2 tbsp Alison’s Pantry Chia Seeds
3 tbsp peanut butter
3 tbsp honey
2/3 cup Alison’s Pantry Roast Unsalted Almonds, finely chopped

Serve

Ice cream cones

 

Method

  1. Grind all the nuts together in a food processor. Add chocolate and pulse to grind. Add remaining ingredients, except roast almonds, until combined and the mixture clumps together.
  2. Using damp hands, roll tablespoons of the mixture into balls. Roll nut truffle balls in chopped almonds, to coat. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
  3. A fun way to serve these Nut truffles is to pop them into ice cream cones along with a mixture of Alison’s Pantry indulgent sweets to make individual servings.

 

Alison’s Pantry Milk Chocolate Almonds, Chocolate Salted Caramel Popcorn, Cranberry Nut Nougat and Chocolate Pretzels make a great combo with these Nut Truffles.

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This recipe was created by Julie Le Clerc for Alison’s Pantry.

 


 

 

Walnut, Oat, Sesame Seed & Parmesan Crackers

Makes 36 crackers

Homemade crackers are a wonderful gift, packed full of love and deliciousness. This recipe is surprisingly simple to make and is sure to impress.

Ingredients

1 cup Alison’s Pantry Wholegrain Oats
3/4 cup Alison’s Pantry American Walnuts
3/4 cup tapioca flour
¼ cup Alison’s Pantry Sesame Seeds
75g butter
¾ cup finely grated parmesan cheese
½ teaspoon salt
1 egg

 

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 170 degrees celsius.
  2. Place the oats and walnuts in a food processor. Blitz until a coarse crumb.
  3. Add the flour, sesame seeds and salt. Process to blend well.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients and process for a few minutes, scraping down the sides every now and then until the dough is very well combined. Place in the fridge for 10 minutes to cool and allow the oats to soak up the moisture and help bind everything together.
  5. Line an oven proof tray with baking paper. Roll teaspoons of dough into balls and place on the tray evenly spaced. You’ll be able to fit around 12 at a time.
  6. Use the bottom of a heavy glass with a wide base to flatten each ball into a round cracker. Use a small piece of baking paper between the cracker and the glass to ensure it doesn’t stick.
  7. Bake for 12-15 minutes until lightly browned.
  8. Gently slide the sheet of baking paper off the tray to continue to cool. You can then lift on another sheet of baking paper with crackers that you’ve prepared while the first batch was cooking, onto the oven sheet to bake.
  9. If it’s a very hot day it can be helpful to put any crackers that are waiting to be baked in the fridge or freezer to keep cool. This will ensure the butter doesn’t melt too fast while baking and give a nice even cooking result.
  10. Cooled crackers can be stored in an airtight container in a cool pantry for up to 1 week.
  11. The crackers are delicious served with pesto, cheese or chutney.

 

 


 

 

Dukkah (an entertainers delight!)

Makes 2 1/2 cups

 


This is a fantastic addition to platters when entertaining over the festive season. All you need to add is a side dish of good quality olive oil and some fresh bread. Dukkah can be used as a tasty coating for chicken or fish. It’s also delicious sprinkled over hummus, on avocado toast or over salads.

Ingredients

1/2 cup Alison’s Pantry Shelled Pistachios
1/4 cup Alison’s Pantry Natural Almonds
¼ cup Alison’s Pantry Hazelnuts
2 tablespoons coriander seeds
2 tablespoons fennel seeds
1 tablespoon cumin seeds
1/4 cup Alison’s Pantry Sesame Seeds
1 teaspoon salt

 

Method

Preheat the oven to 170 degrees. Place the nuts in an oven-proof dish and roast for 10 minutes.

Place the hazelnuts in a dry tea towel and rub off as much skin as possible.

Heat a dry skillet over a medium-low heat. Toast the coriander seed, fennel seeds and cumin seeds for a few minutes until fragrant.

Wipe out the hot skillet with a dry cloth. Place the sesame seeds in the pan over the same heat. Toast for a few minutes until lightly golden.

Place the nuts and spices into a food processor. Blitz until the texture of coarse breadcrumbs. Stir through the sesame seeds and salt. Allow to cool completely before storing in an airtight glass jar for 2-3 weeks.

 

Used as part of a crumb for schnitzel

Dukkah is a brilliant addition to family favourite schnitzel. Use a 50/50 mix of dukkah and panko breadcrumbs for an irresistibly crunchy and flavoursome crust.

This crumb is also fantastic with tofu or fish.

 

As part of an iceberg wedge salad

Ice cold iceberg lettuce wedges become delicious, crisp, addictive salad when drizzled with a creamy dressing (we love a tahini and miso dressing) and then sprinkled generously with dukkah. A scatter of fresh herbs finishes it off.

Fantastic at summer bbqs or as a quick weeknight side dish.

 

As a brunch topping

Dukkah is incredibly delicious sprinkled on scrambled eggs, roasted tomatoes and sliced avocado and just about anything you like to eat at brunch. It adds texture and an interesting flavour boost.

 


 

 

Hot Roasted Nuts

Serves 4 (as a snack)

This simple snack is a delicious way to nourish your guests, plus it will make your kitchen smell amazing. You can adjust the seasonings to suit your own tastes and play around with other herbs and spices that you enjoy.

 

Ingredients

2 cups Alison’s Pantry Deluxe Natural Nuts
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves – diced
½ teaspoon dried thyme leaves
2 pinches cayenne pepper
Zest of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon flaky sea salt

 

Method

Preheat oven to 140 degrees celsius. Place the nuts evenly spaced on a lined oven tray.

Roast for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and toss well with all the remaining ingredients.

Roast for a further 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 2 minutes before serving.

 

 


 

 

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(Makes approximately 25 squares)

Full of natural, wholefood ingredients, this wonderfully sticky and delicious raw fudge is the kind of treat that leaves you feeling truly satisfied. Luckily it lasts well stored in the fridge or freezer, so you can just indulge in a piece or two as and when you wish.

Ingredients
25 Alison’s Pantry Select Dates
1 cup (150gm) Alison’s Pantry Natural Almonds (or cashews, any nut you have in the pantry at home will be perfect!)
¼ cup coconut oil (can be substituted for butter)
1 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
3 tbsp raw cacao powder (or quality dark cocoa powder – we love Donovan’s Chocolate)
¼ cup cacao nibs, to garnish (or desiccated coconut, chocolate chips, seeds or dried fruit – anything you have in your pantry will work)

 

Method

  1. Line a 15cm square cake tin with baking paper.
  2. Place dates in a saucepan and just cover with a little cold water. Simmer for 5 minutes, to soften. Drain off any excess water and remove dates to one side to cool a little.
  3. Place almonds into a high-speed blender or small food processor, and blend on low for 4-5 minutes until the mixture forms a creamy paste, scraping down the sides with a spatula occasionally. This produces almond butter.
  4. Add the dates, coconut oil, vanilla, salt and cacao/cocoa powder to the blender and process for 2 minutes or until a thick, smooth paste forms.
  5. Spread the mixture into prepared tin and smooth the surface. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the fridge to set for at least 3 hours before cutting into squares to serve.

 

Will last for up to 10 days stored in the fridge or in the freezer for up to 2 months.
When ready to serve, take pieces out of the fridge and top with a good sprinkling of cacao nibs.

Download the PDF version here

This recipe was created by Julie Le Clerc for Alison’s Pantry.

 


 

 

Looking for a delicious wintry dessert?

You can’t go past this Apple Banana and Berry Crumble made with our Wholegrain Oats.

Click here for the full recipe.

 


 

 

Anzac Caramel SliceSlice Recipe

Ingredients
1 cup self raising flour, sifted
½ cup Alison’s Pantry shredded coconut
½ cup brown sugar
140 grams butter, melted

I cup Alison’s Pantry shredded coconut
I cup Alison’s Pantry wholegrain oats
80 grams butter, melted
1/3 cup golden syrup
½ cup Alison’s Pantry Natural Almonds, roughly chopped

1 x 380 gram can Highlanders ‘Caramel’

Method

  1. Preheat oven 180C, line a sponge roll tin (20cmx30cm) with baking paper
  2. Combine all the first set of ingredients, stir until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs
  3. Press mixture into the prepared tin and bake for 20-25 minutes until golden
  4. Allow to cool for 10 minutes
  5. Place all the second set of ingredients in a bowl, mix to combine
  6. Spread the caramel over the cooled base and then spoon over the oaty topping
  7. Return to the oven and bake for a further 20-25 minutes or until the topping is golden, allow to cool completely before cutting into squares

 

Download the PDF version here: Alison’s Pantry Anzac Caramel Slice

 

 

 


 

 

Anzac Biscuits Paleo Friendly

Ingredients
1 cup Alison’s Pantry Ground Almonds
1 cup Alison’s Pantry Natural Almonds (chopped)
1 cup Alison’s Pantry Shredded Coconut
pinch of sea salt
¼ cup honey
¼ cup coconut oil
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ tsp vanilla extract
½ tablespoon hot water

Method

  1. Preheat oven 150C
  2. Combine all dry ingredients
  3. Combine honey and oil in a small pot and heat gently
  4. Mix the baking soda and water then add to the warmed honey and oil stir until it starts to froth
  5. Pour into the dry ingredients and add the vanilla extract
  6. Mix until well combined
  7. Drop mixture in heaped teaspoon lots onto a baking tray lined with baking paper
  8. Bake for 15minutes until golden
  9. Remove from oven and let cool on the baking tray

 

Download the PDF version here:  Alison’s Pantry Anzac Biscuits Paleo Friendly

 


 

 

Merry Christmas Alison’s Pantry lovers! Grab the kids and try something a bit nutty this festive season with an edible Christmas Tree.

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Impress your dinner guests with this Apricot and Almond Cheese Log. Made extra delicious with our Sliced Almonds and Dried Apricots!

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What better trio than coconut yoghurt, caramelised pineapple and delicious muesli made with Alison’s Pantry oats!

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Who doesn’t love a warm Sticky Date Pudding in winter?

Add a twist to this age-old pudding with a bit of citrus including our Alison’s Pantry dates!

Click here for the full recipe.

 


 

 

Warm, creamy and delicious!

This Creamy Chicken, Bacon and Lentil Soup is the ultimate comfort food and a great way to use Alison’s Pantry Split Red Lentils.

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With only six ingredients, this mouthwatering dessert is sure to impress family and friends without you having to spend hours in the kitchen. Topped with Alison’s Pantry roasted hazelnuts!

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