You’d think, looking at the first handful of recipes to debut on 3NL so far, that I’m all about the old comforts: banana bread, pasta, and now biscuits, two of which sub in almond flour instead of conventional wheat.
In all honesty, though? I’d call it a funny coincidence. Bread only rarely makes an appearance in my diet, given the bad rep of grains, so it’s a lucky thing that whenever I do crave a vehicle for lunch meat, I have the following recipe to fall back upon. Follow the steps below to get eight to twelve fluffy biscuits, perfect for splitting in half and stepping in where your sandwich used to reign supreme.
Makes at least six to eight biscuits, though how you distribute the dough has a big effect!
4 eggs whites
3 tbsp unsalted butter (keep it cold!)
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 cups and 4 tbsp of almond flour
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
2. Mix all the dry ingredients together (almond flour, salt, baking powder) in a large bowl.
3. Cut the cold butter into the dry ingredients using the tines of your fork. Rotate the bowl with your other hand until the mixture has pea-sized chunks throughout.
4. Chill this mixture in the fridge for 10-15 minutes so that the fat can get cold and hard. The longer you leave it in (I aim for 30 pretty often), the fluffier the biscuits will usually turn out.
5. Whisk the egg whites in a bowl for about 20 seconds to build up a light foam.
6. Remove the dry mix from the fridge and whisk in the egg whites for a few seconds, breaking up any massive chunks in the dough with a whisk or fork.
7. Dollop the dough out into your foil pan (I use a muffin pan) and bake for 12 to 15 minutes.
The third step calls for a fork, but I’ve had better success with a strong arm and a pastry blender (one of these things, albeit minus the fancy wooden handle).
Likewise, whisking the egg whites can be easier to accomplish with a hand blender, though the fork should work too.
The Final Product
The options are endless.
Use them for bite-sized sandwiches, as a vehicle for all-fruit jam (as far as occasional indulgences go, this one is king), etc. Have fun!