Our Monthly Mystery Munchies has now hit the BIG Three-O! On the first day and first Friday of the month as well as on the last month of 2017, too. That’s not to say this monthly feature is getting old or that it will be the last MMM, mind you. Far from it!
Rather, this marked quite a milestone of how 2 strangers became friends and bond over food from WordPress Blogging University more than 2 years back. What makes this more incredible is that we also mark thirty months worth of recipes.
And between Gen and me, I don’t think we’ll stop mucking about in the kitchen. Which means, more recipes to experiment with.
What have we got for this month you ask?
Well. Gen came up with a challenge to make something with almonds. It could be anything she said…as long as there’s almonds and it could be as simple as using almonds as decor. Problem?
Geen problem. Hakuna Matata. Worry not. No problem.
Or so I thought.
My biggest problem came about with what do I make because there are.so.many.things. I could make with almonds. And I mean, PLENTY. From dishes, to cakes, to puddings, to sweets to bread…!So many almond recipes out there that I had such a hard time choosing one!
In the end, Silver Bullet helped me decide: Dutch Bitterkoekjes. Pronounced as bittercookies and they are these:
They are somewhat related to macarons, taste like marzipan, almost pepernoten-like and very much a typical Dutch classic. It’s chewy on the inside, NOT bitter and incredibly easy to make.
Make no mistake. By “incredibly easy”, I mean 4-ingredients-done-in-15 -minutes-incredibly-so-super-easy you can make them with your eyes closed! I kid you not.
A deliciously chewy, almond-nie home-made classic Dutch cookies
I wish though I have a better explanation for you as to why it is called Bitterkoekjes…but alas, I have none. Na-da. Non-translatable. The same thing why the Dutch called their deep fried balls bitterballen = I have no idea why.