There is nothing as satisfying as making your own food from scratch! You know exactly what has gone into it, exactly how fresh it is and what conditions it has been stored in.
One of our favorite things is freshly made Almond Butter. There are only three ingredients:
Freshly roasted almonds
EVOO Extra Virgin Olive Oil
If you want a slightly sweet almond butter, you can add a spoon full of raw honey.
First, roast the almonds – use a low heat, 300 – 350. Your nose knows when they are done!! They start to smell toasty but not burnt. You don’t want to over toast them or they get a burnt taste. I usually spread them on a 12” pizza pan and one of those will make about 1 ½ to 2 cups of toasted whole almonds. Those go into a food processor, a blender or even a little chopper like the one in the photo. Grind them up until they begin to clump along the sides – this is bringing out the oil in the almonds.
At that point we add a little sea salt – and start to drizzle the olive oil in. Don’t add too much EVOO at once – it’s easy to overdo. Blend again, test the consistency, and continue to add a little more at a time, until it reaches the texture that is most pleasing to you.
This is fantastic on the Indian style flat bread called Roti. The photo is our first attempt at Roti and I think it came out nicely. We are working on refining our cooking technique, to get it from crispy to a softer end product. When we get it JUST right, I’ll follow with instructions.
Now, excuse me while I go make a little snack!