With a crunchy almond topping and a chewy middle, these gluten free bars will have your kitchen smelling absolutely heavenly.

Prep:
15 min
Cook:
27 min
Serves:
18

Ingredients

Slice
  1. 1 ½ cups (225g) gluten free flour
  2. ½ cup (50g) almond meal (or flour)*
  3. 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  4. ½ tsp salt
  5. 125g unsalted butter, room temperature
  6. 1 cup (220g) caster sugar
  7. 1 large egg
  8. 2-3 tsp Queen Almond Extract
  9. 1 tsp Queen Natural Vanilla Extract
Topping
  1. 1 large egg
  2. 1 tbsp milk
  3. ½ cup (60g) sliced or flaked almonds
  4. Brown, Raw or demerara sugar, to sprinkle

Method - Slice

  1. Step 1

    Preheat oven to 160C (fan forced). Grease a 16 x 26cm slice tin with butter. Set aside.

  2. Step 2

    Combine flour, almond meal, baking powder, salt in a medium bowl, whisking to combine. Set aside.

  3. Step 3

    In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter until lightened in colour. Add sugar and until light and fluffy. Add egg, Almond Extract and Vanilla Extract and mix until just incorporated.

  4. Step 4

    With the mixer on low, gradually add flour mixture, mixing until combined.

  5. Step 5

    Turn dough out into prepared tin and press into the base of the tin. Place a piece of baking paper over the dough and using your hands or a flat bottomed cup, smooth out the slice to make
    as even as possible. Once flat, remove the layer of baking paper.

Method - Topping

  1. Step 1

    Place egg and milk in a small bowl, whisking to combine. Brush over slice and top with almonds and sugar. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the edges are golden.

Notes:

Almond meal gives these bars a delicious chewy texture. However, if you do not have any almond meal on hand, simply replace it with ½ (75g) cup of gluten free flour.

*Non-Gluten free version – replace almond meal and gluten free flour with 2 cups (300g) plain flour.

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