Honey & Almond Squares

As part of my birthday celebrations this year I had a house full of people and full of food, and for one of the desserts I made these honey & almond squares. A very simple recipe that packs in both flavour from the honey and texture from the almonds. I’ve just said ‘honey’ in the ingredients list but by that I mean use the best honey you have, be it orange blossom or a lovely local variety!

Honey & Almond Squares

Makes 25 squares

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Ingredients

220g unsalted butter, softened

220g light muscovado sugar

4 medium eggs

150g ground almonds

2 teaspoons baking powder

70g self-raising flour, sifted

60g honey

finely grated zest of 1 lemon

Method

Preheat the oven to 180°C (170°C fan)/350°F/gas mark 4, grease a 20cm square tin and line with non-stick baking paper.

In a bowl, beat together the butter and sugar with an electric mixer (hand-held or freestanding) until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, making sure each egg is well incorporated before adding the next. Add the ground almonds, baking powder, flour and and honey and mix until smooth, then fold in the lemon zest.

Transfer the mix to the prepared tin and bake for 40-45 minutes until risen, brown and a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes before transferring to wire rack. Serve warm, cut into squares, with vanilla ice cream.

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