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Vincent's Crispy Almond BiscuitsI am almost too embarrassed to show my head again, having written nothing for about a week apart from last night’s poppy seed cake post. The ‘busy’ excuse is wearing a bit thin, although it remains true – more about what we’ve been doing later but meanwhile, down to some food tips.

Two lots of recent guests have been to and thoroughly enjoyed The Packhorse, at Crowdecote. This is one of many pubs that has gone up and down like a yoyo, starting from a good high; apparently it is very pleasing again. The setting is certainly superb and worth the trip alone.Do let us know if you do visit, meanwhiloe john and I intend to as soon as is decentl;y possible. (Note they are shut Monday and Tuesday.) A restaurant that one or two have written highly of recently is Rowley’s, in Baslow. Rowley’s is now part of our Peak District Premier Cottages Privileges scheme so all the more reason to visit!

Ages ago I promised the Poppyseed Cake recipe, which I posted last night. Now I am about to reveal a delicious French recipe for a crispy almond biscuit, ‘croquant‘. Last weekend we met amongst other people a very charming French couple who produced these croquants to everybody’s delighted enjoyment! Vincent, the Frenchman, gave me the address of his (French) blog site where I found his recipe, also in French but which even to my rusty French brain was very easy to translate, so here goes:

Les Croquants
3 egg whites
125g flour
320g sugar
120 g almonds (either ground, or finely chopped)

Mix together all the ingredients. Put tiny, very well-spaced spoonfuls (they spread a lot) onto a lined baking tray. Bake at 200′ for about 20 minutes (check!). Leave the biscuits on the tray for at least 15 minutes after you have taken them out of the oven.

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