As I was flipping through Great Canadian Cookies, Bars & Squares, I came across an unusual recipe for Almond Fingers. I was reading the ingredient list and saw that the only almond element was extract - no actual almonds at all. When I read the write up about the recipe I found out that it dates back to the Great Depression in Ontario. It is even considered a lavish recipe because it contains both butter and eggs - two things that must have been expensive in the 1930's.
I made them today and they are amazing. The ingredients are easy to find and the preparation is a breeze. The almond extract lends a sutble flavour to the fingers and the semolina adds a nice grainy texture. MiltonMama, a faithful reader, said they were wonderful and she especially liked the crunch from the semolina. The bars cut very easily and are moist and cakey. Leave it to inventive Canadians to make a bar that stands the test of time - they are just as fantastic as they must have been 70+ years ago.
Recipe: Almond Fingers